Realizing that your aging parents need special care is a hard pill to swallow. It is particularly difficult for those who live farther from their parents. If you are one of the seven million Americans are responsible for the care of an older relative or friend, who lives an average of 300 miles away, then you are certainly not alone. Either way, you shouldn’t let your distance from an aging parent lead to feelings of stress, worry, or guilt. Instead, take stock in our suggestions below, and you’ll be well on your way to fostering a successful, healthy relationship with your distant and aging parents.
- Keep in touch with your parents’ doctors, either by phone or through email. Ask questions that enable you to understand what treatment they are receiving, what alternatives may exist, and what type of assistance your parents may need.
- Before a crisis occurs, work with your parents to collect the necessary medical, financial, and legal information you may need to help properly care for them. Make a list of family, friends, and others, who live near your parents, to assist in the case of an emergency.
- Join a support group for caregivers in your area. Not only will you receive support, but you will also learn about the aging process and can share in resources.
- If your parents have a family member near by providing them with assistance, be sure to offer support to that person as well. He or she often bears the brunt of the stress and physical support needed to care for your parents.
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