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The Value Of Geriatric Care

Caring For A Loved One Long Distance

  • March 12, 2018
  • learadmin

Caring for a senior family member who lives at home long distance can have its own special set of challenges. Coming up with a plan that involves checks and balances is essential. For instance if seniors are living in their own home having a reputable Personal Assistance Care Agency is key. A Personal Assistance Care Agency provides assistance with daily living needs such as personal care like bathing, dressing, personal hygiene and grooming, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands and transportation along with comfort, companionship and support. The client services representative should be someoneĀ  you can count on to keep you informed via email, text, or phone regarding your loved-one’s well-being. That person should also be willing to make frequent unannounced visits to make sure that everything is running smoothly. It would be important to have meetings when relatives are in town with the client, the family, and the agency to go over the service plan and make sure all the client’s needs are being met and to document any changes that need to take place in the care plan.

The care plan should include coordinating with any otherĀ  agencies that are coming to the home such as a Home Healthcare agency that provides a nurse who stops by on a regular basis to monitor a particular health condition or clients who are home-bound and on a home visits program where the physician and the nurse come to the client’s home. The agency providing the regular caregivers should have a good relationship with everyone involved with the client’s care in order to provide the best care possible.

A good agency would always want more than one in town contact to call on. Those contacts could be family friends, neighbors, clergy, or an attorney, someone that knows the client and if necessary lend support. The more people involved with a senior’s care the better. Everyone can miss a sign or symptom which is why it is valuable to have a variety of interested and involved family, friends and professionals.

Using a computer can also be useful in terms of staying in touch and allows the family to be actively involved with their loved one. A caregiver can assist the client with getting online for video visits as well as viewing recent photos, watching special family events even watching the event as it happens. Frequently staying in touch online keeps everyone in the loop and your senior loved one from feeling isolated.

It is important to remember to make sure that the agency you use always has all your contact information: home phone, work phone, cell phone, and email address. Be sure to let the agency know who to call first and the best number.

Over the years Lear Senior Care Services has had several clients who do not have family in town. We consider it a privilege when the client and their family put their trust in our services to be part of their care. We take that responsibility very seriously and aim to care for your family member the way you would if you were here.