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Is There a Way to Make Long-distance Caregiving Easier?

You might feel as if your hands are tied as a long-distance caregiver.

You’re not able to be right there with your elderly family member as often as you’d like to be, but that doesn’t mean that you’re a bad caregiver at all.


Senior Care in Fox Chapel PA: Long-distance Caregiving

Senior Care in Fox Chapel PA: Long-distance Caregiving


Keep the Lines of Communication Open

It’s not uncommon for your aging adult to avoid telling you certain things simply because she doesn’t want to worry you. Make a deal with your elderly family member that she’ll tell you what’s going on and you’ll avoid the urge to overreact. By keeping those lines of communication as open as possible, you’ll build a different type of trust between yourself and your elderly family member that will serve you well when you’re not there with her.


Determine Who Can Help

If other family members live closer to your aging adult, they may be able to offer her some assistance. Friends and neighbors can also be helpful. Often there are also resources available from local agencies that help the elderly. By pooling some of these resources, you may be able to offer your senior some valuable assistance that you coordinate from your own location.


Make an Information File

There is a lot for you to keep track of as a family caregiver. You need to know information about her doctor’s offices, her pharmacies, and her health. You may also be handling other facets of her life, such as paying her bills and handling her finances. You might find it handy to put together a large 3-ring binder or an accordion file in which you store information right at your fingertips.


Consider Hiring Senior Care Providers

Even with all of these solutions in place, you may still feel as if there are gaps in your senior’s care plan. You may find that you want and need to know that you’re getting accurate information about your senior’s condition. Senior care providers can offer companionship and the hands-on assistance that you’re not able to provide from your current location. That information can help you to work out what other care she needs.

Remember to be patient with yourself if you’re a long-distance caregiver. This isn’t an easy situation for you or for your aging adult to be in. You may be able to find some other situation-specific ways to keep caregiving from far away beneficial for both you and your elderly family member. Creativity can be your best friend during these difficult times.

If you are considering Senior Care in Fox Chapel, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Liken Home Care. Call (412) 693-6820 or (855) 856-0551.

Robert D. Liken CPC, CTS, President

President Liken Home Care at Liken Home Care
Graduate of Penn State University, 1970

Business Administration / Accounting Major

Has been in the staffing business since 1970.The original company LIKEN SERVICES, INC. was a general service staffing company specializing in the administrative, clerical, secretarial all office support staff positions (both temporary and direct hire) with 14 branch offices in and around W. PA and Upstate NY.As a division of that company, LIKEN HEALTH CARE, INC. was started in 1974 as a medical staffing company that staffed hospitals and other health care facilities.In 1976,we began to “follow the patients home” and at that point we started providing private duty home care. In 1995, the general staffing company was sold to a national, public company, and the health care staffing company was retained. Since 1995, we have concentrated our efforts in the health care marketplace.

Due to the aging baby boomers and the fact people are just living longer, in the late 90’s we refocused the company and today Liken specializesin providing private duty assisted living to those who need help to remain at home.A valuable service that allows an individual to remain independent in their homes for a much longer period of time as well as maintain a high level of quality of life.

Today, we specialize in providing private duty home care (Liken Home Care) to the elderly, the recovering ill, and the disabled in all of Western Pa.

In addition, Robert isCPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) and a CTS (Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist); professional designations of the National Association of Personnel Services.

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