Tips for Handling Long-Distance Care Giving

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It's not always easy being a care giver when your loved one lives in an independent living facility. But, it can be even more challenging when you and your other family members live an hour or more away from your loved one's residence.

But, there are some things you can do to make your job as care giver less stressful and more rewarding despite there being many miles between you and your loved one. Here are some tips for handling long-distance care giving from The Marshes of Skidaway Island's Savannah independent living community.

Make the Most Out of Your Visits

When you live far away, you aren't able to visit your loved one as often as you would like so it's important to make the most out of your visits. When visiting, make sure your loved one has access to healthy food and that she has all of the items she needs on a daily basis to live a more comfortable life. Check to make sure she is happy with her current home and that she is getting the adequate level of care she requires.

Keep Documents Organized and At-the-Ready

It is always best to prepared in the event of a crisis when you can't be on-site at all times, so you'll want to make sure you have all of your loved one's important medical documents organized and stored in a place where you can get to them quickly. You should have a complete list of her current medications and doctor information, her insurance documents, financial records, and any pertinent legal documents.

Take Advantage of Available Resources

As a care giver, you might feel as if you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. But, you don't have to do it alone. There are plenty of resources out there that can offer valuable assistance and insight that can help ease some of your stress.

For instance, if your loved one is suffering from dementia, then you can reach out to your local Alzheimer's Association hotline any time you're unsure how to handle a situation. Or, you can visit the Alzheimer's Association's online Community Resource Finder for even more helpful resources.

You can also ask other family members or the neighbors of your loved one to lend a helping hand. For example, you can always ask your loved one's neighbor to make sure her grocery needs are met if you aren't going to be able to get there in time.

Moving to a Savannah Independent Living Center is a Good Start

One of the best ways a long-distance care giver can help ensure that their loved one's needs are being met is to move their loved one into a reputable Savannah independent living community like The Marshes of Skidaway Island. At The Marshes of Skidaway Island, your loved one will enjoy an exceptional quality of life accentuated by a supportive community, top-quality health care, and luxurious accommodations.

To learn more about The Marshes of Skidaway Island, or to schedule a visit to our luxurious Savannah independent living community, please call us today at 800-889-6238.