Caring for an aging loved one is a profound yet challenging experience, especially when distance separates you. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s not uncommon for families to find themselves living far apart. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, around 15 percent of family caregivers live more than an hour away from their care recipient. This group of approximately 5 million caregivers face the added challenge of assessing the well-being of their loved ones, as the holidays often are the only time of the year that they get to spend quality time with mom or dad.

However, geographical distance shouldn’t be a barrier to ensuring that your senior loved ones receive the love, care, and attention they deserve. Amada Senior Care being your trusted resource for caregiving, we’ve gathered actionable tips to help you provide effective care from afar when many miles or even states separate you from your aging loved ones.

Leverage Video Software and Virtual Care Technology

Technology is a powerful tool in bridging the distance. Regular video calls can help you stay connected and monitor your senior loved one’s well-being. Services like Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime allow for face-to-face interaction, making both you and your loved one feel closer. Aside from social calls, technology can also be used for health monitoring through devices that can track vital signs, remind them to take their medication, and alert you in case of an emergency.

Smart home technology has become a vital tool for seniors wishing to age in place. Home monitoring systems and medical alert devices can detect falls, alert medical professionals in case of emergencies, monitor vital signs, and even track medication usage. Not only do these technologies provide peace of mind for both seniors and their families, but they also act as an extra layer of protection, enabling independence at home. Amada Senior Care offers personal emergency response systems (PERS) devices that supplement the services of an in-home caregiver. Amada Connect is designed to summon a first responder in the event of a senior fall or other emergency.

Coordinate with Local Caregivers

Establish a robust network of local caregivers who can provide the day-to-day support your loved one needs. This may include professional caregivers from reputable agencies, friends, and nearby family members. Keeping in constant communication with these caregivers allows you to stay informed about your loved one’s condition and needs. Set up a group chat or an email chain to facilitate easy updates and coordinate care responsibilities.

Utilize Professional Home Care Services

A professional home care agency like Amada Senior Care can offer personalized care tailored to your loved one’s needs — from companionship services and assistance with daily activities to skilled nursing care. Before selecting an agency, research their reputation, services offered, and the qualifications of their staff. Understanding your loved one’s specific needs will help you choose the right services that will best support them from afar.

Manage Medications and Appointments Remotely

Staying on top of medication schedules and doctor’s appointments is crucial for your loved one’s health. Set reminders for yourself to check in on their medication supplies and consider using a pharmacy that delivers and helps manage prescriptions. Look into smart medication dispensers such as the Hero Health automated pill dispenser, a smart tool that holds up to 90 days’ worth of 10 medications, comes with an app, allows for remote (caregiver) medication management if the senior is unable to manage technology, provides pill alerts, a refill delivery service, and more.

Additionally, many healthcare providers now offer telehealth services, so you can be involved in your loved one’s medical appointments virtually, discussing their care plan with healthcare professionals.

Encourage Social Engagement

Seniors living alone are at risk of social isolation, which can affect their mental and physical health. Help your loved one stay socially active by encouraging them to join local clubs, attend community events, or participate in activities at senior centers. You can also assist them in using social media platforms to stay connected with family and friends.

Ensure Their Environment is Safe and Comfortable

From afar, you can still help to ensure your loved one’s living environment is safe and promotes their independence. Consider hiring a professional to conduct a home safety evaluation and make necessary modifications, such as installing grab bars, improving lighting, and removing trip hazards.

Plan Regular Visits

Nothing can completely replace in-person interaction. Plan regular visits to spend quality time with your loved one. These visits can also be a good opportunity to assess their living conditions, make necessary adjustments, and have in-depth discussions about their care needs and preferences.

Caring for a senior loved one from a distance poses unique challenges, but with thoughtful planning and the use of available resources, it’s possible to ensure they receive the care and support they need. Remember, you’re not alone on this journey. Reach out to a professional senior home care agency like Amada Senior Care to explore how they can support you and your loved one to make the distance seem a little less daunting. To find a caregiver near you, contact us at Amada today.


“How to Care for a Senior Loved One from a Distance,” edited by Michelle Flores, Amada blog contributor.