It is easy for most people to notice when a loved one is slipping, such as in their declining care in appearance, personal hygiene, home organization, etc. For the long-distance caregiver, these little hints suggesting a need for assistance are harder to detect.
Often a visit can be emotionally charged and consist only of spending the limited, quality time together. It is essential, however, for a long-distance caregiver to be practical and take care of the caregiving “business” while visiting, to establish support for after they are gone. In this article, learn how to make the most of visits, see the warning signs, and rely on “substitute” eyes and ears while away from an aging loved one.
Caregivers can help aging loved one make the most of the assets they have with the least amount of compromise to their quality of life.
“Be Prepared.” The Boy Scout motto rings true in so many life situations, and at any age. Even seniors need to be budgeting and planning financially for the future. The checks and balances wheel never stops moving, even after we’re gone.
A symptom such as incontinence truly requires a caregiver’s patience and loving heart. It can be one of the most sensitive issues a loved one can experience. However, there are ways to manage incontinence so quality of life is not compromised.
Conquering the fear and embarrassment a loved one feels because of incontinence is one of a caregiver’s main challenges. The fear of being wet and then being discovered, especially in public, is emotionally straining. Many people with incontinence may refuse to leave their homes in order to be close to a bathroom. This behavior really leads to unnecessary isolation and robs a loved one of time with friends and family.