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Long-distance
caregiving

 Did mom have a recent fall?
 Is there moldy food in the refrigerator?
 Is dad repeating stories?
 Are unpaid bills piling up?
Do you feel guilty because you don't live near enough to help?
You are not alone!
It's bad enough to realize that an elderly parent needs help.

But it's doubly distressing when you live far away.
That's where we come in.

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We serve as your eyes and ears

We know the signs of a serious problem versus what is normal aging. We can advise you regarding changes that need further attention and help you get the eldercare they deserve.

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Use our expertise to your advantage.

For instance, we frequently take our clients to the doctor, clarify the recommendations, set up medication reminders, and load automatic pill dispensers. As experts in aging well, we know the common pitfalls and the technology that is available to help.

First up, an assessment

The initial step is a comprehensive assessment:
 How is their thinking and memory?
 How steady is their walking and balance?
 What are their medical conditions? Their goals of care? How is treatment going? Are the doctors listening? Take medicines as directed?
 Should they still be driving?
 Are they able to cook and shop and take care of themselves?

These are some of the many questions we explore. Then we look at the features of the home and do a home safety assessment. Do they just need slight home modifications, perhaps some
grab bars in the bathroom? Or is a larger remodel in order?
● If aging in place is preferred, we can recommend needed changes.
● If long-term care would be better, we can recommend the best memory care, best nursing home, or best assisted living on the North Shore, on Cape Ann, and in the Merrimack Valley.

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We communicate with you as often or as little as you want.

Some families want a written monthly report. Others want a weekly phone call for updates.Some want an email after each medical visit summarizing the findings. You tell us what you want, and we'll make sure you get the information in the form and frequency you prefer.

We can provide as much or as little support as you need.

We can provide as much or as little support as you need.Perhaps you just want a road map and will take on arranging for care yourself. Great!If you'd like us to do some or all of the care coordination, we're happy to do that also.

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Caregiving coaching

Maybe you would like some one-on-one time to talk about family caregiver issues. Stress and guilt are common for long-distance caregiving. So is caregiver burnout.
● We can help you with strategies for work–life balance and for making the times you need to travel less stressful.
● Turn to us for tips about sundown syndrome and other difficult dementia behaviors.
● Perhaps you'd like to get all your siblings on the same page. We can help with that by setting up family meetings through video conferencing.

You don't have to do this alone!
We can meet by phone or video conferencing and begin to set your mind at ease.

 

Give us a call to schedule your FREE
initial consultation!

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