Many long-distance caregivers feel guilt

Bryan Aldrige

September 13, 2011

Giving care to an elder loved one has become more popular among families throughout the United State in recent years, though many must try and do so from hundreds of miles away.

Being a long-distance caregiver poses its own unique set of concerns and worry as there is no way to check in on mom or dad’s home on a daily basis, The Washington Times reports.

Although family members can talk on the phone with a loved one whenever they want, they’re unable to make sure the cupboards are fully stocked, that a senior is maintaining hygiene regimens or if they’re taking their medications properly. All of these factors can lead to continued worry and feelings of guilt, the news outlet reports.

According to the National Institution of Health, approximately 7 million Americans are long-distance caregivers.

While many seniors will say they’re fine living independently, the worry never leaves those who can’t be near their aging loved ones.

To help lessen the stress, caregivers may want to install a medical alert system in their parents’ home. This device that can be worn around the neck allows a senior to instantly access help with the touch of a button in case of a fall or other emergency.

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