By Kate Shuman
LONG DISTANCE CARING
Help with chores,
laundry, yard work and household maintenance.
Help with grocery
Need for meals
delivered to the home or fixed and served there, with
Is help needed with
personal care, such as getting dressed or bathing?
Do they need
transportation to places important to your relative,
such as church or social gatherings, the pharmacy and
needed with medical appointments, and/or consultation
with doctors and other health professionals?
Do they need
assistance with paying the bills, banking, budgeting or
other money matters like looking into financial
assistance to make ends meet?
Is it time to get
a referral to an attorney experienced in elderlaw issues?
dispensing of medications and ensuring they are taken on
Have a safety
inspection of the house (test smoke alarms, look for
uneven flooring, loose rugs, lighting) in order to
decrease in-home dangers.
Install grab bars
or ramps to make the home safer and easier to navigate.
Arrange for trips
out of the house, perhaps to an adult day care or senior
Utilize the network
of friends and neighbors in the rural community who can
make sure on a weekly or even on a daily basis
that your loved one is well.
additional social visits from friends, family and other
care provider volunteers.
Are you a long distance caregiver?