In today’s world, it’s common for family members to live in different cities and states. Sometimes it’s the parents who move away from the place where they raised their family, perhaps to retire to a warmer or more appealing climate. Often it’s the children who move away, to start careers and raise their own family.
Everything’s fine – and then something happens. A doctor calls in the middle of the night to say that your older parent 3,000 miles away has fallen and has been hospitalized. Or your mother, who lives several states away, calls to say she can no longer cope with your father’s dementia.
Many adult children must help from a distance when their older parents and other relatives need help. The task can be difficult, stressful, and time consuming. Can you deal with the problem over the phone or do you need to be there in person? That’s often one of the most difficult aspects of long-distance caregiving.
Being miles away from older parents can also mean being miles away the information and help that you need. Feeling frustrated can easily lead to feeling helpless when trying to access needed services from so far away.
The Care Navigators at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center serve as an advocate for your loved one and as a surrogate fro you – to help to make long-distance caregiving much easier.
24 hours per day. 7 days per week. 365 days per year.