Once upon a time
Long distance caregiving is becoming commonplace
These days, families may live hours, or even countries apart, which can create anxiety when parents reach an age when they need help. Trying to take care of parents who live far away can also stir up feelings of regret and guilt.
A recent study reported that some 30 percent of distant caregivers feel their roles are so scant they don’t even consider themselves caregivers, although they often have to shake up their own lives (sacrificing vacation and leisure time and taking leave from work) to spend time with ailing relatives.
Fortunately, while long-distance care isn’t easy, it’s not impossible. Long distance family members can provide emotional support to the primary caregivers who may live closer and can hire in-home health medical/non-medical companion care (like Remain At Home’s unique “hybrid model”), which would attend to all of their personal and clinical needs – from the most complex medical conditions to shopping to pet care (and everything in-between).
Whether we live far from an aging family member, or even close to home, most of us are able to stay at a loved one’s side 24/7/365. The best ideas are to give freely what time and help you can
By Brian Carrigan
Founder & Co-Manager