Being separated from your senior loved one can make it difficult to show support. Already caring for them can be hard, but the distance can create even more of a challenge. There are ways that you can close the gap with visits and technology.
Top 5 Tips on Closing the Distance Gap
Today it’s typical to have a busy schedule with works, kids, and family, so caring for your parent that’s far away can be challenging. This creates the overwhelming responsibility of managing varying tasks at once and caring for an aging senior parent adds an extra complexity layer.
Even if there is distance between you and your parent it’s still possible to maintain a healthy long-distance relationship. It may take being more creative and proactive, but it’s important for a daughter and mother to stay connected, especially as healthy conditions change.
1. Use Frequent Flyer Miles
Traveling back and forth to your senior loved one can be used to your benefit, frequent flyer miles! Even your credit card company can offer miles for the money you spend on everyday things. Save up enough flying miles and you can use them for a free trip to visit your loved one, this makes travel a more affordable option.
2. Take Advantage of Technology
Stay in contact often by using different methods of communication. This can be anything from sending an email to writing a letter. If you find something online or in a magazine send them online articles, pictures, or magazine clippings letting them know that you’re thinking about them. If you’re away traveling it can be a special memento to send them a postcard from each place that you’ve traveled to. Simple reminders like this can keep them engaged and feel loved.
3. Document Changes
When you’re managing a parent from long-distance it can be difficult to notice changes in their behavior. Keep track of your phone conversations and interactions by including important information in a journal. This can help you stay informed and organized when it comes to their medications, behavioral changes, and progress.
4. Make Your Visit Count
Make your visits with your loved one something enjoyable, but also informative. Make a nice memory with them by taking them to a nice dinner or movie. In your visit include time with their doctors or caregivers to get an idea of their health status. This can make you more aware of their changes and health concerns, making it easier to understand their situation.
5. Support from Family and Friends
Find friends and family that live close to your loved one that can stop in for a visit or be there immediately if an emergency happens. Ask if they would be willing to visit your parent once a week to give them company. This one-on-one interaction can make your parent feel a sense of connection and worth, which is extremely healthy for their well-being.
Fairmont Grand Senior Living Community
Fairmont Grand is a resident centered senior living and memory care facility in Rapid City, SD. Our goal is to create an environment where resident well-being is at the heart of everything we do.
Our wide range of services are designed to meet you or your loved one’s daily needs. We offer restaurant style dining options, a variety of physical activities, and give residents the opportunity to live as independently as possible.