Helping your loved one from far away

Caregiver Series: Part 2

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – The reality is, the elderly need help and support to complete everyday tasks. More and more adults are caring for their aging parent or loved one, and many from far away. Alan Popp, President, Colony Care at Home, Grace Barone, Director of Community Relations at Orchard Valley in Wilbraham and Dr. Maura Brennan from Baystate Medical Center joined us to help kick off the series and share resources and advice.

Tips for Long-Distance Caregiver
Schedule a family meeting
Choose a primary caregiver
Share responsibilities among family members, if possible
Hire a geriatric care manager
Look into house call services
Ask the older person to appoint a power of attorney
Ask the older person to report any changes in their daily activities
Ask others for help
Get the older person an “emergency call button”
Have someone check food storage areas
Remember to take care of yourself

Tips for Avoiding Caregiver Burnout
Get information about their health needs
Help your loved one help himself or herself
Ask trustworthy family, friends and neighbors for assistance
Take care of yourself, too
Don’t take it personally
Talk about it
Contact professionals and organizations that assist caregivers

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