How to Care For an Elderly Parent Who Doesn’t Live With You

We live in such a transient world which means often our ageing parents live across the city, country or even a world away. You may be left wondering if they’re doing alright, need help or if they’re feeling lonely. The way you’re feeling is probably a lot like they felt if you moved away from your hometown. There are still some good ways you can still support them whether they live in the same city or farther away, continue reading for some useful ideas.

Schedule Regular Visits

If you are lucky enough to live in the same city try to visit a few times a month, visiting your loved one in a Victoria BC Care Home in the same day of the week will help them know when to expect you. Help Mom or Dad by cleaning the house, organizing belongings or medications or simply keep them company. Engage in a game of cards, playing board games, even a walk will ensure their minds stay sharp and their bodies remain as active as possible.

Check in Remotely

Maybe you don’t live close enough to visit often, however there are  other ways to support them. Call Mom or Dad regularly, send emails ( with family updates ) or set up a video chat if possible. With many seniors using the internet and even if they’re not tech savy show them how to use Skype next time you visit – or have someone show them how.

Send Gifts or Letters

A small gesture to let them know you’re thinking of them is a great way to show them that you care. Research has shown that chronic loneliness and depression can result in high blood pressure, a weakened immune system and increased cortisol ( a stress hormone ) in seniors. Let them know you’re thinking about them by sending handwritten letters, flowers or other gifts and can make a huge difference and brighten their day.

Hire a Caregiver

You may still be employed full time or distance prevents you from visiting as often as you would otherwise. Hiring a caregiver is an option, especially if they want to remain in the place they’re familiar with, their home. Caregivers provide peace of mind for the family and support for seniors in many ways. During visits they do household chores, meal prep, shop and provide much needed companionship.

There can come a time when Mom or Dad requires the additional care provided by long term facilities, in Victoria BC contact Clover Point Care when you want the best for your family.

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