Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, but at the same time, stressful and time-consuming. It can be even tougher if you are far from your loved one.
Long-distance caregivers often may feel helpless or guilty when trying to manage their loved one's care from afar, but there are many things that can be done, even from a distance, to ensure proper care and well-being.
"One of the most important parts of being a long-distance caregiver is staying up-to-date with your loved one's conditions, abilities and limitations," said Amy Moran, from ManorCare. "Only then can you make an educated decision about their current and future care."
In order to stay current with your loved one's overall level of health, it is important to frequently talk with them, as well as those people who see them, on a regular basis. Setting up a support group to help you monitor the health of your loved one is a great way to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.
Being able to talk with doctors, friends or local family members can give you a better understanding of how involved you need to be in some of the decision-making processes as well as when it might be time to think about care and living arrangements.
ManorCare offers respite services, care tips, home safety tips, advice on selecting a health care provider and counseling support for those who may need a helping hand or advice.