Next Avenue has published an article giving advice for those who are caring for older adults from afar, and includes recommendations from Rani E. Snyder, MPA, Program Director, The John A. Hartford Foundation.
In a survey released by AARP, 87 percent of adults over 65 want to remain in their homes or communities as they age, and as a result, many adult children set up caregiving arrangements for a parent from a long distance.
Rani Snyder talks about understanding and acting on what matters most to your parent, “For example, if someone is very independent, they like to call the shots, appeal to that. Try to involve them in the process and give them options....Rather than moving in with you, maybe the parent would consider moving into an assisted living center near you. Or, perhaps set up a regular visitation or phone call schedule, rather than moving closer to them.”
To read the article, click here.