Long-distance caregivers often spend a good bit of time worrying about emergencies and how they would deal with one. If you’ve got a plan, that can help you to avoid those circling thoughts and help you to feel more prepared for whatever could happen.
Make Sure You’ve Got Information at Your Fingertips
When an emergency does crop up, you’re likely going to feel rushed and out of your element. That’s the nature of emergencies. You need to make sure beforehand that you’ve got all of the information that you need the most in order to be out of pocket and still handling things for your senior. You may be traveling and still need to reach her doctor, her insurance company, or any number of other people. Keep all of that somewhere that’s easy to find, whether it’s a planner you always carry or electronic files on your phone.
Put a Go Bag Together
If you need to leave in a hurry, it helps to have a go bag put together that has almost everything you’ll need. You want to load this bag up with necessities like clothes and anything else you’ll need when you’re on the go. Little things that you always keep with you are easy to toss inside when you have to take off.
Lean on Your Support Network
Ideally, you’ve got a support network set up for yourself and for your elderly family member as well. You may need to contact friends and other family members to let them know what’s going on and to have someone to talk to as you travel. It also helps if your senior has someone like senior care providers on whom they can rely both before you get there and after you’ve arrived. All of this can help you both to deal with the practicalities of what’s happening as well as the emergent issues.
Plan Out Any Travel Arrangements Now, if Possible
If you can, it helps to have some travel arrangements worked out in advance. This is especially the case if you’ll need to fly to wherever your senior lives or if there are other extenuating travel difficulties. Ironing out those details in advance, even if you just figure out what you’d do if you need to can make all the difference in the world when the time comes.
Just because you live far away from your senior that doesn’t mean that you don’t want to be there for her in an emergency. Having a plan makes that possible.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Senior 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!
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