Long-Distance Caregiving

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Now more than ever, long-distance caregiving is prevalent in today’s society. If you live an hour or more from a person who needs care, you are by definition, a long-distance caregiver. This type of caregiving requires regular communication, careful planning, and a deep understanding of each person’s needs and roles. There are many forms of this type of caregiving, so let’s look at what a long-distance caregiver can do from afar.

WHAT A LONG-DISTANCE CAREGIVER CAN DO FROM AFAR

FINANCES

An important task a long-distance caregiver can do from afar is to help with bills, money management, and other financial needs. This needs to be communicated and decided on. It is best to look at all financial needs, and see what areas need help. 

ARRANGING HOMECARE 

When caregiving from a distance, you can’t always physically be there. As a long-distance caregiver, you can help arrange for in-home care or live-in care as needed. Homecare can help with daily things such as light housekeeping, medication reminders, or personal hygiene. Even when you can’t be there in person, you can make sure these things are getting taken care of.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Emotional support is important to one’s well being. It can keep a person happy and healthy. Some ways that you can provide emotional support from afar are through phone calls, video chats, text messages, letters, and even sending an occasional gift. Letting the person know you are thinking about them and are here to support them is important and helpful.

INFORMATION COORDINATOR

When you are a long-distance caregiver, you can serve as an information coordinator. You can help research health-related issues. Look into medicines and stay on top of medication recalls. Explain medical information such as in-home care. And help clarify insurance benefits and claims. All these types of things often need research and time, which is something that can be done from a distance. 

KEEPING FAMILY AND FRIENDS INFORMED

Another important role in a long-distance caregiver is keeping family and friends up to date and informed. Often, information can change fast. By helping keep close ones up to date, you can provide relief and assurance to loved ones. 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Getting together a plan in case of an emergency is another important task. Whether it’s a medical emergency or a natural disaster, having a plan in place can be life-saving. Consider things like who to call, what to grab, and where to go. Have a plan for any emergencies that may arise.

HOUSE SAFETY

Finally, evaluate the care recipient’s house to ensure it is safe. As health conditions evolve, the needs in a house will change. It is important to continuously evaluate the house, either in person or over a video call, to make sure it is safe and secure. If there need to be any changes, hire or arrange to ensure these changes are made

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

Communication is the most important aspect of long-distance homecare. Talk to the primary caregiver and the care recipient to see how you can be most helpful and effective. Talk with friends to see if they have any suggestions. Look up local resources, such as the Area Agencies on Aging, and talk to them about resources. Communication is key, and understanding the care recipients’ needs and health issues will ensure you are providing the best long-distance caregiving you can. When, or if, possible, visit the care recipient to have periodic physical check-ins. 

Overall, you can provide a wide range of assistance and help with long-distance caregiving. To learn more about our home care services, visit our website. We are always happy to help you prepare and arrange your long-distance caregiving plans.

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