5 Things You Can Do as a Long-Distance Caregiver

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When Eliza’s 82-year-old father suffered a stroke, she hated that she lived so far away from him that she couldn’t help her siblings with his physical care. She knew they were taking on a lot of extra work to ensure their dad was participating in his stroke recovery while also leading a good and happy life. Eliza worried that her siblings would be resentful of her inability to care for their father. Then she heard the term “long-distance caregiver” and discovered that there were many ways she could help even from across the country.

Below are 5 ways Eliza and other long-distance caregivers participate in the care of their aging relatives.
Caregiver Easton PA - Things You Can Do as a Long-Distance Caregiver

Caregiver Easton PA – Things You Can Do as a Long-Distance Caregiver

#1: Take Care of Finances

Some medical conditions make it impossible for older adults to handle their own finances. Thanks to today’s technology, this is one of the areas that a long-distance caregiver can step in and take care of. The senior can give the long-distance caregiver permission to access their financial accounts and handle the payment of bills and other transactions. This may seem like a small thing, but it’s one less thing other family caregivers have to handle, which frees up some of their time.

#2: Act as the Central Hub

Long-distance caregivers can be the person who organizes communication between caregivers and other family members, acting as the central hub for information. They can keep the appropriate people updated on the older adult’s condition. This frees other family caregivers from having to provide updates when the older adult is in the hospital or experiences a health emergency, letting them focus on other aspects of care.

#3: Organize the Care Calendar

When multiple caregivers are involved, keeping the care calendar organized can take up a lot of time. In addition, having multiple caregivers involved in the calendar can lead to confusion. A long-distance caregiver can make certain the older adult has a caregiver present when they need one and that all those involved know what the schedule is.

#4: Research the Medical Condition

Knowing as much as possible about a senior’s medical condition can help caregivers to provide better care and be better advocates. A long-distance caregiver can spend time reading about the condition, treatments, and ways to manage symptoms at home. Then, they can provide others with the information they need, reducing the time they need to spend in learning about the condition.

#5: Offer Emotional Support

The older adult and other family caregivers are likely to need someone to listen and provide emotional support at times. A long-distance caregiver can make frequent calls to the senior to check on them and remind them they are cared for and loved. They can also check in with other family caregivers to see how they are and remind them how important they are to the senior’s health.

If you or a loved one are in need of Caregiver Services in Easton PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.

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Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager. Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc. Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author