Being a local caregiver is already a demanding situation: being a long-distance caregiver even more so. If you already have long drives for work, errands, and other appointments, being a long-distance caregiver can be especially difficult. Here are four tips for long-distance caregivers to make your life a little easier.
Create A Local Caregiver Team
You can’t always be there to give care when you are a long-distance caregiver. In addition, you can’t do it alone. Having some local caregivers to help out is crucial in your role as a long-distance caregiver. This can be done by keeping in touch with local agencies, neighbors, yard service members, house cleaners, and more.
Be Realistic About What You Can And Can’t Do
This goes along with your local caregiving team. You can’t fulfill every role, so being realistic about what you can and can’t do is important. If you aren’t realistic about what you’re able to do, you will end up not giving the quality care you’re aiming for. If you focus on the tasks that can be done long-distance, you’ll find you can still be a vital part of the caregiving process. This can include things like handling finances, scheduling appointments, calling doctors, and more.
Make The Most Of Each Visit
Since you can’t be there all the time, making the most of each visit is very important. First and foremost, make sure your visits are fun and full of love. That is why you do what you do. In addition, make sure to check for any work that needs to be done while you’re there. Leaky faucets, yard work, and so on. You can also use this time to meet any local caregivers and service providers, such as neighbors, yard care workers, and more. Checking in with them will also help make the most of each visit.
Just because you’re a long-distance caregiver doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected. Regular phone calls or face-time calls make a huge difference in staying connected. This is great for keeping spirits high. Other ways to stay connected can be scheduling phone meetings with doctors, calling neighbors to check in, and more. You might not live right next to each other, but it does not have to always feel that way.
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