At one point or another, you’ll realize that your aging parents will need more comprehensive care in profound ways. This is a challenge for any adult child, but especially for those, who live further away from their folks. You, however, are just one of many, as nearly seven million Americans are responsible for the care of an older relative or friend who lives an average of 300 miles away. As you’re probably well-aware, caring for an older parent can bring along with it feelings of guilt or remorse. Don’t fall victim to it, however, as there are plenty of ways to approach this age-old obstacle. (No pun intended!) Get started with these simple tips below.
- 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 nearby 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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