Care team: “We live in a mobile society and that means that adult children are not always going to live near aging parents. That makes it difficult to make sure their daily needs are addressed, especially if illness or chronic disease strikes.”
It is possible to put together a long-distance care team that will provide for your loved one and give you some peace of mind. Here are some tips on how to put together a reliable team that will serve the best interests of the senior you love.
Ask the senior how you can be most helpful?
- What do they need daily?
- What tasks are difficult for them?
- Do they have regular weekly or monthly appointments – hair, physician, etc. that they need transportation to and from?
Talk to the physician
- If the senior is willing to give you written permission, or you are the health care proxy, ask the physician to update you about the senior’s health.
- You can also discuss this with your loved one, but often seniors will hide information about their health condition for fear of losing their independence. You need to know exactly what the health impairments are to address them appropriately.
- If you do not have permission or are not the health care proxy the physician cannot, by law, release private medical information to you. However, he or she may be willing to suggest the types of support that think will be most helpful.
Talk to friends, family members, neighbors of your loved one
- Can a schedule of support and help be created?
- Can a neighbor’s child take out the garbage or walk your loved one’s dog?
- Can a sibling who lives close by taking your loved one grocery shopping?
- Can neighbors or family members check in the senior regularly, especially during extremely hot and cold weather?
- Make sure everyone has all your phone numbers, your e-mail, and other contact information.
Rely on local resources
Many organizations provide support for seniors. You can find the ones in your loved one’s area by checking for these sources of information online.
Home Care organizations can also be a great resource to rely on. Certified, professional home caregivers can take care of your loved ones and keep you updated on their condition.
Keep detailed records
- Create a 3-ring binder in which you can keep notes, medical records, insurance information, calendars, and even printed copies of emails. This will be a great help to you as the care of your loved one becomes more complex.
- Include contact information for all physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, case managers, and specialists, like physical therapists.
- Make copies for all those involved in the support and care of your loved one and keep the records updated.
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