Is it really possible to be a caregiver from miles and miles away? You might worry that it isn’t at times, but these tips can help you to do the best you can, even when you’re not right around the corner.
Get to Know Her Doctor
Your senior’s doctor might be one of the best resources that you have when you can’t be there with her for knowing what’s really going on with her health. She might try to convince you that all is well, even on a bad day, but when you have a relationship with her doctor you can touch base yourself. Ask questions and do as much learning as you can about your senior’s health needs.
Work Out When You’ll Touch Base
When you and your senior have a set communication schedule, you have a way to reassure each other without infringing too much on each other’s lives. You might talk or communicate at other times during the week, but set aside one weekly conversation just for health issues. If something comes up at another time, address it right then, of course, instead of waiting for the check-in call.
Make Sure You Know What to Do in an Emergency
Emergency situations crop up with no warning, which is of course why they’re emergencies. But if you already have a plan for what you’ll do if an emergency happens, you’re ahead of the game. Determine how you’ll get to your senior, especially if you’re extremely far away. Some caregivers find that it helps to have a bag packed with essentials so that they can throw in last minute items and then go. Often what helps the most is simply contemplating what you’d do so that you have the beginnings of a plan.
Set up Home Care Services
Without being there yourself, you really don’t have eyes on the situation. Even with video calls with your senior you might only see what she wants you to see. This is where home care services providers can come in. They can offer the hands-on help to your senior that you’re not able to offer and they can let you know objectively what’s going on.
Caregiving from far away is never an easy task. You just don’t have the same information that you would if you were right there with your elderly family member. But you can still be an excellent caregiver by using some additional tools.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Home Care Services in Huntington NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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