Often when we think of a person caring for an aging or disabled relative we might assume they live together, or at least close by. This is not always the case. A long-distance caregiver is someone who commutes at least an hour, one way, to care for a loved one. The National Institute of Aging estimates that nearly 7 million Americans fall into this category. It can be a difficult position to be in, because they often experience conflicted feelings. They would love to be able to spend more time with the person they are caring for and be there to provide care on a constant basis, but that is not always possible for various reasons.
There are options for closing the miles between caregiver and loved one.
To make sure your loved one is being looked after when you can’t is to hire a professional from a home health care agency. Companies such as MAS Home Care can provide a variety of home care services and levels of care based on individuals needs. You may be far away, but you can make sure someone is there however often your loved one may need. If there is someone nearby who is the primary caregiver, for example a sibling, and you are feeling guilty about putting all the pressure on them, this could also be a good way to give them a much needed break.
Home health care services allow the person to be able to remain in their home for as long as possible while receiving quality care. You may think that being far away means that a nursing home would be that best place for them – but home care can provide the same supervision and health care in a more personal setting. The patient is happy that they can stay rooted, and family members have peace of mind in knowing that their loved one is in good hands.
MAS Home Care provides services in New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island.