Tips for Long Distance Caregivers

03-04-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

Many of the nearly 60 million caregivers in our country are long-distance caregivers who try to help their loved ones from many miles away. This is a very difficult caregiving journey due to the lack of proximity. If this is your situation, you may be wondering what resources are available to help you be most effective. One excellent resource is the web site for the National Institute on Aging with the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services. This website includes a section on caregiving and specifically on how to be a long-distance caregiver.

Some of the tips listed in this section include becoming thoroughly aware of your loved one’s medical problems, medications, treatment protocols and available resources; making sure that you, the caregiver, has permission to receive medical and financial information; designating one and only one family member to communicate with medical providers; and organizing the care recipient’s vital information into one document or a secure electronic file to be shared appropriately and as needed.

To acquire other important tips and links to relevant articles, visit www.nia.nih.gov/health/long-distance-caregiving-tips-success.

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