How to build a long distance care team

How to Build a Long-distance Care Team

We live in an increasingly mobile society, which means that adult children tend to move farther away from their aging parents than ever before due to so many reasons. Taking care of concerns, such as their loved one’s safety, nutrition and health, can be difficult when they don’t live nearby.

The solution to this is to put together a long distance care team that will ensure the well-being of your loved one. Here are some tips on how to build together a reliable care team for long-distance care:

Ask Your Loved One How you can be Helpful

You will be more prepared to build a care team if you can become familiar with your loved one’s exact needs. You can gather this information by asking your loved one the following questions:

  • What are the things they need daily?
  • What tasks are difficult for them to accomplish?
  • Do they have difficulty remembering prescription times?
  • Most importantly, do they have regular weekly or monthly appointments that they need transportation to and from?

These schedules could pertain to health care, hair care, or even trips to the pharmacy. A long-distance care team can help your loved one with all of these tasks and more. 

Talk to your loved one’s Doctor

If you are your loved one health care proxy or if they are willing to give you a written permission, contact the doctor to get more information about your their health. You can also discuss this with your loved one, but often they will try to hide information about their health condition. That is why it’s advisable to discuss with the doctor to know exactly what their health impairments are so that you can build a related and a helpful care team.

If you are not the health care proxy and you don’t have permission, the physician cannot, by law, release private medical information to you. However, the doctor may be willing to suggest the types of support that he or she thinks will be most helpful.

Talk to Close Family Members of your loved One

Talk to Friends and Neighbors of your loved One

Now that you have a better idea of what needs to be done to properly care for your loved one, you can now start gathering your team. Start with close family members, friends and even neighbors who may be willing to lend a hand. You can create a support schedule with everyone working together.

  • Coordinate with neighbors to help take out the trash.
  • Neighbors or family members can check in regularly, especially during extreme cold and hot weather.
  • Siblings can take your loved one grocery shopping and also check on the senior regularly.

To ensure constant communication and to make sure your team is efficient, make sure you have your team member’s phone numbers and other contact information and also give them yours. Then keep in touch on a regular basis to ensure your loved one is getting the maximum care needed.

Keep Detailed Records

Keep your long-distance care team updated by creating a three-ring binder dedicated to your loved one’s care. Keep printed copies of medical records, insurance information and detailed notes between the covers. This is an excellent way of ensuring that your team has relevant information when needed, as your loved one’s care become more complex.

Your binder should also include information such as the names and contact information of your loved one’s doctors, physician assistants, nurse, and other relevant professionals. 

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