Far-Flung Relatives Find Peace of Mind with an In-Home Caregiver

Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by A Servant's Heart Care SolutionsWhen the distance between you and an elderly parent is measured in plane tickets instead of miles, the stress can be hard to handle. Mom’s not ready to give up her independence, but you’re not able to shake the guilt and anxiety of being so far away. Every unanswered phone call, every storm report, and even the smallest earthquake are a cause for alarm – not to mention sleepless nights.

There are some things you can do to alleviate the worry when you can’t be there, though. First, schedule regular call times when you both agree to be available. Next, trade phone numbers with one or two trusted neighbors, so you’ll always be able to reach someone nearby. Also, make sure your aging relative has the necessary tools for safe and comfortable living, like an easy-to-dial phone and sturdy handrails in the bathroom.

If you haven’t done so already, bring in an in-home caregiver. Whether for a few hours or the entire day, you will sleep better knowing someone is checking on your family regularly, and they will appreciate the company. An in-home caregiver can provide as much or as little support as needed, so your loved one won’t feel as if they’ve given up their freedom, but rather that you’ve both gained a friend.

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Originally posted 2010-06-28 13:57:34.

Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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