Don’t count her out. When the time comes for making a decision about senior care, she can certainly help. Thanks to the internet and thousands of home care agencies, assisted living communities, and other caregiver resources that are online, long-distance family members can easily participate in caregiving. They should also be in constant communication with you and the family member in need of support — aware of decisions that need to be made, lending their insight and input.
No, she cannot provide day-to-day hands-on support, but she can search for assisted living care or a local home care provider servicing Mom’s city and state of residence. She can call Mom via Skype or just by phone to check on her, or to ask about her preferences for care. She can check in with Mom’s doctors and health care team regarding the latest on her condition. With online prescription refill services, she can set up refills and reminders for the family member or friend tasked with picking up Mom’s prescriptions.
There are a number of possibilities for remote caregiving. If your family is scattered across the United States or even around the world, find ways to keep everyone involved.
Read our post, Long-Distance Caregivers Make More Senior Care Decisions, to learn more.