Long Distance Caregiving
Caring for a loved one can be a full-time job under the most ideal of circumstances. But what happens when the afflicted family member isn’t close by? Years ago, it was common for family members not to stray too far from where they were born and raised.
In today’s world, new job opportunities and the relative ease of relocation has often led to increased distance between family members. Your parents, for example, may still live in Philadelphia while you’ve moved out of the city, or even the state.
Caring From A Distance
When health situations present themselves, either from age or injury; it is natural for our patient’s to be surrounded by family and friends. Over time, however, careers and other obligation do not disappear. At Personal Health Care, we know that you want to be there for your cherished loved one. We also know that it isn’t always possible.
It is natural for long distance caregivers to feel disconnected from their loved ones, even guilty for not being there. However, there are a few things you may consider to help make the situation more agreeable for everyone involved.
If possible, relocation of either yourself or your loved one may be an option to explore. This approach does require a high level of effort or financial considerations and may not always be possible. However, it will result in placing you and your family member closer to one another.
Take A Pro-Active Approach
Being there is important when possible, however being involved is also important. Take a pro-active approach in the following ways:
- Make the most of the visits you can manage. Spend quality time together, help with household tasks, and schedule doctor’s appointments during your visit if possible.
- Stay in touch with local caregivers. Friends, family members, doctors, clergy, etc. Anyone who has a role in the care of your loved one. Compile a contact list and check in with them every now and then to make sure everything is being taken care of.
- Keep records of doctor’s visits, medication, insurance information, etc. Make sure they are accurate and up to date.
Consider Home Care
You can’t be there all the time. However, a home caregiver can help tremendously. Whether your loved one needs regular or occasional care; you can have peace of mind with a home caregiver. At Personal Health Care, we have experience in caring for patients whose family members are both local and out of state.
Our trained caregivers can help with household tasks, administer medicine, coordinate doctor’s appointments including transportation, assist with meal planning and preparation, and more. We also know the value of companionship and the sense of normalcy and stability that it brings.
Our case management staff is available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. We work directly with our patients, their family, and medical care team to create a home care plan that works best for everyone involved.
If you have a loved one in Philadelphia, or the Southeastern Pennsylvania area, contact us today to speak with a member of our case management team.