Caring Long Distance for Parent with Chronic Illness

by Lois Etienne on January 30, 2013

in Alzheimer's and Dementia,Caregiver Support,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Did you know that nearly 40 percent of chronically ill older adults in the U.S. live alone? What’s more, a majority of those who are married have spouses with at least one chronic illness that can affect their ability to provide support. That’s according to a University of Michigan study published in the journal Chronic Illness.

Daughter CallingResearchers found that 93 percent of the chronically ill older adults had adult children, but for half of them, the children lived more than 10 miles away. Relationships are increasingly strained as adult children move farther away from their parents. Distances pose a barrier to the monitoring and frequent support for behavior change that many chronically ill patients need. And family members need more than just information to be successful. Family members need to learn new communication skills and tools that they can use to encourage their parents to stick to their health regimen.

Respite assistance also can be a benefit to a long-distance family caregiver. Having a trusted companion could help put the family at ease and give their parent the assistance and support they need at home.

Contact your local Home Instead Senior Care® office for more information.

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