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5 Tips for Providing Alzheimer’s Care from a Distance

Alzheimer’s Care in Charlotte, NC

Alzheimer's CareMary was becoming concerned with her mom’s well-being even before she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Mary is the only one she really has left but lives hours away with her husband and children. This can definitely make providing Alzheimer’s care more challenging.

Right now Mary’s mom has been displaying some of the more prominent signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Before diagnosis, Mary and her mom would talk on the phone once a week. As Mary began to notice her mom’s memory loss becoming more severe in their conversations, she began calling every day or at least every other day.

Mary worried constantly about her mother and wanted to make sure she was providing the best quality care from a distance. Here are 5 tips to consider when caring for a loved with Alzheimer’s from a distance.

1. Establish a network of support.

Find out who you can rely on to delegate responsibilities regarding Alzheimer’s home care for your mother. Are there any relatives, friends, neighbors, or even social organizations nearby to your mom who could be of help? Even if there are, as the disease progesses, it will become necessary to bring in a home care provider who can support her on a regular basis.

2. Develop a care plan.

Whether you live close to a loved one who has Alzheimer’s or from a distance, you will need to develop a care plan. From a distance, you will need other reliable people who can be your eyes and ears and who can communicate effectively with you regarding your mother’s physical and mental health.

If there are no other relatives, friends, or neighbors who can lend a helping hand, you may need to contact a local home care agency or look into a memory loss care facility.

3. Get paperwork in order.

Gather important legal, financial, and insurance documents and store them in a secure place. You may want to invest in a safety deposit box or fireproof safe.

4. Discuss financial matters.

Family members often find it difficult to discuss legal or financial matters with an elderly loved one. However, preplanning is going to make it easier on everyone in the long run. Discuss how they would like to handle certain matters such as power of attorney, a will, trust, medical expenses, and so on.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that cannot be cured at this time. The sooner you can discuss these matters, the better. Eventually, your loved one will get to a point when they can no longer care for themselves or make good decisions.

5. Be ready to travel on short notice.

Know your options for traveling to the location of your loved one if necessary. Don’t wait until an emergency arises and then try to figure out how to get there.

Providing long distance Alzheimer’s care can very well be a challenge but if you consider these 5 tips, it will make your life a little easier.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Charlotte, NC, contact Caring at Heart today. Our staff will answer all of your questions about caring for an aging adult. Serving Charlotte, Statesville, Ballantyne, Mooresville, Huntersville, Matthews, Concord, Gastonia, Pineville and Indian Trail. CALL TODAY (704) 837-4564.

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Shanele Healy

Caring for others has always been a passion for the owner. She joined the healthcare field while still in high school believing that every health provider had the same intentions at heart. While working as a nurse assistant and a Registered Nurse, Gloria quickly realized that those whom needed us most were being neglected and not receiving the best quality of care they deserved.

Knowing in her heart that families deserved better, she started Caring At Heart in 2008 with two key goals in mind: To provide clients and their families with an experience that was personable, easy, and reassuring and to create a working environment that employees were excited and proud to be a part of.