Caregiving from a Distance

It can be difficult to know how to care for family members and loved ones when we don’t live close to them. But just because miles separate you, doesn’t mean that you can’t still be a caregiver to them. As a long-distance caregiver, you can be involved with your loved one’s care and allow home health aides and companions to assist with the day-to-day responsibilities.

Although home care can provide a lot of help and support, there are many ways long-distance caregivers can be involved.

  • Learn about the illness. If your parents, family member or close friend was diagnosed with an illness, take the time to do some research on the disease. Understanding more about their condition and treatment will keep you more informed and allow you to anticipate any changes that might occur.
  • Stay organized. Keep a list of important contacts like physician names, medications and even financial documents that you can reference if you have a question about your loved one’s care.
  • Visit when you can. Whether you are a short drive or plane trip away from your loved one, try to schedule some time for a visit. Use that time to not only get caught up with their care, but also spend quality time with them. Don’t forget that even though you are a caregiver, you are still their loved one.