What Do You Need to Know as a Long-distance Family Caregiver?


Home Care in Rockridge CA: What Do You Need to Know as a Long-distance Family Caregiver?

Being a long-distance family caregiver can be difficult at times, especially if you’re not sure whether you’re getting accurate information or not. Here are some things you need to be aware of while you’re still far away from your loved one.

Your Loved One Isn’t Always in a Crisis

It’s easy to believe, especially when you’re worried about your elderly loved one, that when she doesn’t answer the phone or return your call, she’s in danger. The reality is that sometimes your loved one won’t necessarily be available to you, even at a pre-arranged time. What can help is to let your loved one know that you worry about her and that you don’t want to jump to the worst conclusion. That way she’s more likely to tone down avoiding you now and again.

Your Loved One Might Tell You a Few White Lies

When you talk to your loved one and ask her how she’s doing, you’re probably going to hear some variation on, “I’m fine!” Your loved one doesn’t want to worry you or make you nervous, so she’s not necessarily going to be liable to tell you the full truth. She may not want to talk about the fact that her joints hurt, just like they do every day, and it’s easier to tell you that she’s doing great.

Your Loved One Might Spruce up for Visits

If you’re close enough, you might be able to visit your elderly loved one quite a bit, even though you live away from her. But you might not always be seeing her day in and day out reality when you get there. It’s not uncommon for elderly loved ones to spruce up a bit for visits, which might mean that the fridge and pantry are full, the house is neat and tidy, and anything that might worry you is out of sight.

Having Eyes and Ears on the Situation Helps You Prepare

The best scenario involves having someone that you trust to be the eyes and ears on your loved one’s situation. This might be other family members who can stop in and visit with her or it might mean hiring home care providers who can drop in and report back. Your loved one can still maintain her independence, but you get a fuller picture of the situation as it is.

Your elderly loved one doesn’t mean to be dishonest with you. She’s merely trying to put a good face on her situation and keep you from worrying.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care in Rockridge, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203

Evan Loevner, CEO

As a former hospital administrator, I launched Aviva with the goal of having a more focused, direct impact on the delivery of care than I could ever accomplish within a hospital setting. For me, the joy of running an organization like Aviva In-Home Care is having the ability to positively improve the lives of individuals needing customized care. As a passionate San Francisco resident, I know that many local seniors can benefit from new approaches to in-home care, that will bring them more connection to the community, and provide families with a greater sense of comfort that their loved one is indeed matched with an ideal caregiver. This starts by including the family throughout the care planning process, a key component of the concept of “family-centered care,” which has been adopted by top medical centers. A strong communication loop between family, the caregiver, Aviva management, and community healthcare practitioners is essential for ensuring that all the needs of the client are met. While this may not sound like a novel concept, it is not commonly practiced within the home care community.

At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.

As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.

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