My mother and I are discussing changing her Power of Attorney for Personal Care to me instead of her sister (who has made it a pattern to try and "pawn off" my mom because she (my aunt) is busy (which she is)), but my mother and my aunt are both a bit concerned about how far away I live. Is a 5/6 hour distance something to be concerned about? I make decent money working part time so I am available most of the time (I work up to 8 hours, 3 days a week when I am in my home city), and even though I don't currently drive I have more than one friend who has said they will drop everything to bring me to my mom if it's an emergency.
Time for some backstory if you want:
My mother has had multiple myeloma since 2013. She had a couple of really good years after her initial stem cell transplant, but her cancer came back in March 2020 and she just had her second stem cell transplant in Sept. I am currently living with her while she get accustomed to having in-home care (3 or 4 hours a day) and since she is post-surgery and low energy from chemo, she needs more support now than she (hopefully) will in a couple of months.
There is no way of knowing if my mother will have great years again, and her health can change very quickly. Once I am back home, I have the ability to get here to her in an emergency (I would probably take 6/7 hours but I could make phone calls during the trip) and I know who locally to her I should contact if something more urgent than that happens.
I want to tell my mom that me living in a different province is not an issue, but I want to be telling her the truth when I say it. Is there more to being her PoA that I'm not thinking of that I wouldn't be able to do from 6 hours away?