More and more, as families spread out geographically, younger generations are faced with taking care of older loved ones from a distance. Anyone, anywhere, can be a long-distance caregiver, no matter your gender, income, age, social status, or employment. If you are living an hour or more away from a person who needs your help, you're probably a long-distance caregiver.
What can you really do from far away?
Long-distance caregivers take on different roles. You may:
Over time, as your family member's needs change, so will your role as long-distance caregiver.
If you're new to long-distance caregiving, here are a few tips as to what you can do to get started:
Many of us don't automatically have a lot of caregiver skills. Information about training opportunities is available. Some local chapters of the American Red Cross might offer courses, as do some nonprofit organizations focused on caregiving. Medicare and Medicaid will sometimes pay for this training. See Where can I find local resources for my family member? to find local services for older adults and their families.
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