1/27/20

How to Take Care of Your Parents When You Live Abroad


By on 1/27/2020 05:12:00 AM

People leave their soil and family behind in pursuit of a better future, job prospects, and educational gains and become part of an unfamiliar land. For others, it might sound enticing and desirable, but only those who are daring and confident can leave behind their siblings and parents, and even they will tell you that it takes a whole lot of courage to move on.

It is not only the fear of facing the unexpected that stops their heart, but longing for their loved ones also keeps them in a state of sadness. When you are not feeling well or need trusted advice, there is no one to ask you: Hey, my boy, are you okay? And thoughts of the wellbeing of your family so far away can cause worry throughout the day. This situation becomes more miserable if your parents are elderly and need your attention. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t pursue your dream of a better future. We are here to tell you how to take care of your parents back at home despite living in a far off land.

Here are some tips to make your ex-pat life easier and your parents happier:

Sort Out Basic Matters

Don’t leave before sorting out basic matters of your parents' current life. If you currently handle certain things for them like taking out the trash or driving them to appointments, make sure you have someone to take your place. Be ready to answer the important questions, like Who will take care of them? How will they receive money? Would they be able to take care of the house? What about the asset management system? These are basic things that might sound trivial but can be a big headache for your aging parents. You should ask other relatives and neighbors to keep an eye on your parents and help them out when needed. Or you can also arrange a caregiver to make things easier for them. Moreover, you should also look for an easy money delivery method so that your parents can receive money in person without any hurdles and trouble.

Keep Connected

Keeping a connection with your parents living back home while you are all alone in another country is not a big deal in today’s technology-driven world. You just need a digital gadget and internet to see the face of your parents, and say ‘hello.’ The best thing is that you don’t have to take out special time to call your mom, you can say her hello while taking a subway to campus or during your break time in the office. In this world where technology is ruling our lives, not staying connected is simply not an option. So, utilize technology and stay connected with your parents despite having a busy and hectic schedule.

Surprise Them Often

Little surprises always excite us, significantly when they are from someone so dear to us. Just imagine how excited your parents will be when they answer a knock at the door, and a courier is waiting with flowers and cake on their anniversary. Take it a step further and surprise them with an unplanned visit back at home on Christmas Eve. But if it is not possible, make sure to plan out some other surprise elements so that their holidays can turn into happy days.

Visit Them When Possible

Visiting them often might not be an option if you live too far away, but never miss the deal whenever you get the opportunity to visit them. You might be thinking of visiting another country during your spring day to have some fun with your friends. But remember that your parents are waiting for you, and there isn’t anyone and anything important than them.

About Angela

Angela is a freelance travel writer and lifestyle blogger, blessed with 3 beautiful daughters, 5 moody cats, 1 spoiled dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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