Caring for elderly parents when you live far away can present challenges in ensuring they receive the right quality of care they require. In some cases, your parents may not want to relocate to be closer to you, and it is not always feasible for you to move closer to them. Fortunately, thanks to technology advancements and professional home care, San Antonio families rely on, you do have options for better managing your family, career, and long distance caregiving duties.
Video Conferencing Technologies
Staying in touch and being able to see your parents is easier today using video conferencing apps like Skype, Nest, Facetime, or others. Being able to talk to your parents and see their reactions to questions gives you a good idea of their health and state of mind.
Many of these are easy to install, set up, and use even for our technology-challenged parents. You can also check with our office, here at Home Care Assistance San Antonio, about the apps we recommend and use with the elderly patients in our care.
Another type of video conferencing app that is starting to be more widely used is one where you can virtually attend doctor’s appointments with your parents. These apps allow you to ask their doctor questions about their care needs and overall health and well-being. Just keep in mind, doctors are limited to the types of information they can share unless your parents make you their health care proxy.
Use Online Calendars and Share with Other Family Members
If you share long distance caregiving with your siblings or other relatives, it is helpful to set up an online calendar everyone can use. This way, anyone can quickly see each other’s personal schedules and know who is going to be checking in on mom or dad. Plus, you can track doctors’ appointments and home care visits.
Use Online Apps for Better Organization
Part of efficient time management is being organized. You can use different online apps like Dropbox or Google Docs for managing documents, contacts, and other information related to the care of your parents. These can also be easily shared with other family members that help with caregiving duties.
Develop a Long Distance Care Team
Since you cannot be with your parents in person, it is important to develop an on-site or nearby team of people who can check in on your parents and provide assistance with transportation, companionship, hygiene, meal preparation, shopping, and more.
Your team could consist of:
- Home Healthcare Providers
Having a local care team is not only beneficial for your parents but, also, provides you with peace of mind because you know they are being looked after. For more information about our home care services and solutions you can use to better manage the long distance care of your parents, please feel free to contact Home Care Assistance San Antonio at 210.996.2733 today!