The reality of life in the United States is that many of us don’t live in the same community as our families. This long distance can create unsettled feelings as we worry about our loved ones’ well-being. But there are things you can do to help ease your anxiety when distance is a factor.

Some things you can do from afar include:

  • Arrange for an alarm system to ease your security fears.
  • Subscribe to an electronic alert system so that your loved one can use it to summon immediate help.
  • Have a “knox box” installed so that in the event of an emergency, the paramedics can gain entry without knocking down the door.
  • Manage medical appointments by keeping in touch with doctors (your relative may need to sign a privacy release to do this).
  • Check out local service agencies like IVC to find out about what services they can provide to help your loved one age gracefully in their home (transportation, meals, companionship).
  • Schedule regular communication with your family member. Daily phone calls can do a lot to ease everyone’s mind.

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to care for our elderly. We are all in this together and need to keep an eye out for the most vulnerable amongst us.