We all hope to be there for our loved ones when they need us most. Unfortunately, these moments can sneak upon us. The COVID-19 pandemic throws this into sharp relief. All over the country, older people are advised to avoid errands, stay inside, and keep themselves away from anyone who could potentially spread the virus.
In a perfect world, we’d be there for our elderly loved ones to run their errands, get their groceries, and give them the company they could trust to be safe. Unfortunately, cross-country travel is not an option for most of us right now. So how can we help our older friends and family from afar? The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver shares some tips:
Stay in Touch
Communicating with your loved ones regularly is your best tool for ensuring they’re safe and happy:
- Set a recurring phone date so you stay in the habit of chatting.
- Get them a tablet with video chat preloaded so you can see one another on your calls.
- Check out these other ideas for staying connected with loved ones.
You can help your loved ones with their needs and ensure safety from afar.
- See if you can have your loved one’s groceries delivered to their home.
- Help them set up mail-order prescriptions so they don’t have to go to the pharmacy.
- Look into hiring a housekeeper to help them out with chores.
- Consider installing smart cameras in key areas of their home so you can keep an eye on them, especially when they live alone. This can double as a security system, but make sure to keep privacy in mind.
Consider Full-Time Care
If your loved ones can’t take care of themselves at home, you may need to look into alternatives.
- Unsure about full-time care? Check out this FAQ to dispel any myths or misconceptions.
- Check out this article comparing in-home care with assisted living.
- If your loved one plans to move out of their home, use a tool to estimate their selling price.
- Help them access benefits, which can help fund long-term care.
This is a difficult time to be apart from our loved ones, but the distance doesn’t have to prevent us from helping one another. These forms of virtual caretaking will show your loved ones how much they matter to you. Remember: Love can reach across any distance.
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