When we think of helping to provide care for an elderly relative, we normally think of family members who live close to the person in need of care. People who live close to their aging family members can provide in-person care and support. However, people now no longer always live in the same general area in which they grew up and their parents likely still reside.
Children often move far away from their parents. That does not mean children who do not live close to their parents cannot be of service in caring for their parents when they need it as Flagstaff Business News discusses in "How to Care for Loved Ones from Miles Away."
To provide long distance elder care, the most important thing is to stay informed about the situation and what the options are. This is because it is important to know what level of assistance an elderly family member needs.
Not all people in need of care need to go into nursing homes or some other facility to get the help they need. Some people would be much better off with home health care. Relatives who live far away can help figure out what the home health aide options are in the area in which the elderly relative lives.
Of course, a large part of long distance care is visiting as often as possible. However, even phone calls are a great way to stay in touch and to let elderly relatives know you care about them. That provides them with a lot of help.
Reference: Flagstaff Business News (March 18, 2018) "How to Care for Loved Ones from Miles Away."