Many people live in close proximity to their senior relatives—perhaps in the same city, neighborhood, or even home—but many do not. You may live across the state or country from your loved one, yet you still want to make sure they are receiving quality care.
If you can’t be physically present with your parents or grandparents, we have some ideas to help you still take care of them.
Use Technology to Stay in Touch
Technology allows us to have instant access to each other. Make it intentional to stay in touch, such as a weekly phone call, Skype call, or FaceTime call. Check out our recent blog for tips on teaching seniors how to use technology.
But don’t forget the value of snail mail! Many seniors love receiving cards and letters. You could also mail artwork completed by their grandchild or great-grandchild to help brighten their day.
Set-up Automated Services
If you lived closer to your loved one, you would likely help them out with household tasks, such as grocery shopping. You can still help from a distance!
Assist your senior with setting up automated prescription refills and grocery delivery services. These small automations will make their lives easier and give you the peace of mind that they are meeting their basic needs.
Hire Professional Services
You can also help your loved one with professional services, such as lawn care and in-home cleaning. If they’re struggling with the basic upkeep of the home, or you would just like to make their lives a little easier as they age in place, consider setting up these services on their behalf. Professional services can make your loved one’s life more comfortable.
Arrange for Regular Visits
Technology is great, but nothing replaces an in-person visit. Enlisting someone you trust to check-in regularly with your loved one will give you peace of mind and allow you to keep an eye on things, even from a distance.
Do you have a friend or other relative that lives nearby? Does your parent or grandparent have a clergy person that they trust? Is there a neighbor that your loved one is friendly with? Work closely with one of these people to provide regular check-ins.
Loneliness is a common problem among seniors, especially those who live alone. These visits will lift their spirits and give you reassurance that they are staying healthy.
Hire a Personal Care Assistant
A great way to care remotely for your parent or grandparent is to hire a Personal Care Assistant (PCA). A PCA can help with activities of daily living, health-related procedures and tasks, observation and redirection of behaviors, and instrumental activities of daily living. Check out this infographic for more details on the types of services a PCA can provide.
We hope you are inspired by these ideas to provide care for your senior relatives remotely! Our team can guide you to the best resources, so you can understand the home care services available for your situation. Call us at (651) 330-2550!