By: Claire Wentz | Caringfromafar.com
Using Budget-Friendly Technology to Care for Loved Ones from Afar
Caring for a loved one who needs special care can have its challenges—doubly so when one has to do it from a distance. Unfortunately, in many cases, this simply can’t be helped as jobs, school, raising a family, and other such situations can make it necessary for one to move away and be physically absent. But despite the obvious issues that distance brings, these actually aren’t insurmountable. In fact, modern technology has now made it easier to bridge gaps, so you now have tools at your disposal to make long-distance caregiving possible. Here are some of the best budget-friendly ways you can leverage the internet and other resources to care for your loved one.
No doubt, physical distance is the biggest hurdle when it comes to caring for a loved one from afar. However, just because your body is absent, doesn’t mean you can’t show up for your loved one in other ways—and we don’t just mean in spirit, either. The fact is, technology has improved the way we communicate in leaps and bounds, so we’re not only able to maintain almost-constant connectivity, it can be done at very little cost, too.
At present, online communication can be done in various ways. Text messaging remains a viable way to communicate on the go, as is messaging via popular social networks. Not only that, gone are the days when long-distance phone calls cost an arm and a leg, as these days all you need is also a good calling app and internet connectivity to call your loved one from anywhere in the world.
But arguably, video calling is, thus far, the most precious gift of all. It’s almost as good as being in the same room as your loved ones, which is undoubtedly a godsend as being able to see each other in real-time allows you to check in on them a lot more effectively. Moreover, today’s apps are intuitive enough for seniors to easily adapt to. Best of all, many of them are free, or cost no more than a few dollars to subscribe to, so there’s very little reason for you to be out of touch.
Of course, caring for a loved one will also mean providing for their needs. Again, this has been made a lot more convenient—not to mention, doable—by the internet. There are countless online shopping platforms and apps available today, so wherever you are in the world, you can theoretically buy everything under the sun, including groceries, and get them delivered straight to your loved one’s doorstep.
Of course, shopping for your world’s countless needs and delivery charges will add up, especially when it’s done on the regular. Thankfully, there are many ways to save money when you shop online, as long as you make use of old-fashioned shopping savvy. For instance, you can enjoy savings when you shop through sites like Rakuten where you can find coupons and cashback offers from more than 2,500 stores. This way, you can be sure that you stay on budget and maybe even have enough room for thoughtful treats and gifts.
Lastly, it’s possible that performing certain tasks can be troublesome for a senior or physically challenged loved one. As you’re not physically present to do things for them, you can offer them the next best thing by hiring reputable professionals to help them with daily living, cleaning, gardening, dog-walking, cooking, etc.
More often than not, a simple internet search will already offer you a selection of service providers in a given area, so you can pick and choose ones based on your budget. Best of all, you can be privy to their capabilities and experience by looking through client reviews, so you can be sure to choose the right people to help and care for your loved one in your stead.
Needless to say, you can go the distance (in a way) by taking advantage of technology and the cost-effective tools and resources that it offers as you take care of your loved ones from afar. These may not fully replace your attention, affection, and presence, but no doubt, they’ll be pretty darned close.