Long-distance caregivers generally want to help with the medical care of their loved ones, but are simply confused about how to make a difference from a distance. While being absent can be difficult for long-distance caregivers, it is possible to take an active role in making sound medical decisions and planning for the future of family members. LivHOME Homecare offers many unique services to help bridge the gap for long-distance caregivers, offering peace of mind when they cannot be present. So, how can long-distance caregivers begin to help seniors?
When long-distance caregivers are adequately informed about the condition, treatment and likely outcome of their loved one’s illness, coping with the day-to-day stresses of separation becomes much easier.
While visiting your loved one, make it a point to attend a doctor’s appointment together. Naturally, long-distance caregivers should always check that their loved one does not mind having them present during the doctor’s visit. In addition, caregivers must be given permission to discuss seniors’ medical details with their physician. For this reason, it is vital for seniors to complete and submit an official release form allowing physicians to discuss healthcare issues with caregivers. It is always a good idea to update the release form information on a yearly basis and keep copies in a backup file at home. When long-distance caregivers go with a loved one to visit the doctor, the following tips will help make the most of the appointment: