Ideally, we could all care for our own senior loved ones. Unfortunately, many adults with older people to care for don’t live close enough to manage the day-to-day issues. In fact, nearly half of all American adults who have or expect to have an aging relative in need of care in the next four years, lives over an hour away.
A few of those caregivers will be able to move closer to the senior but most of those cannot. Some families are not even close enough for a car ride and live far enough away that a lengthy trip is required to visit the senior.
In those cases, time and expenses are limited and local resources must be used. In the beginning stages for a senior who needs additional care, the long-distance caregiver should make plans to be alerted to changes in the senior’s status and be ready to add services as needed. This may include:
Seniors may initially reject outside assistance and desire complete independence. When this is not possible, a frank conversation may be in order but in the end, most seniors enjoy the companionship and attention that professional caregivers can provide!
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