Caring for a parent at a distance
Caring for a parent when you live miles away can be very difficult and fraught with anxiety, but here are a few tips which can help:
- Set up a weekly online food delivery for your parent with one of the main supermarkets, so they do not have to worry about going to the shops and carrying heavy bags home
- Open a taxi account for your parent if they need to get out and cannot drive, or manage public transport
- Set your parent up with a computer or iPad so you can email each other about how to introduce computer technology to your parents without the fear or watch our video
- Set up Skype. It is easy to do and you can talk face-to–face with your parent, even if you cannot be physically there
- Get them a care alarm, so that they have peace of mind if they fall or get into difficulties
- Help them to travel to you by arranging train travel, so they do not have to drive. You can book tickets online, which can be sent directly to your parent
- All airlines offer special assistance for the elderly if organised in advance, including accompanying them through the airport and transporting them to and from the aircraft
- Set up a visit rota with friends and family to ensure there is some regular contact happening throughout the week
- Get them to carry a mobile phone with them and add essential numbers, just in case
- Make sure their GP has emergency numbers on their records
- Suggest some new activities, such as volunteering
www.myageingparent.com is a UK-focused information website and social forum aiming to providing everything you need, or want to know or discuss about caring for an older person all in one place. From positive ways to keep them active and healthy, to maintaining their financial and legal needs, through to specific information on care options, local authority funding and age-related health issues. The website draws on a wide range of experts, consultants, lawyers and charities, providing an authoritative and continuously updated source of information. It a member of The Society of Later Life Advisors and is used as a key information resource by many UK local authorities and GP practices. Contact [email protected]
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