Long-distance Caregiving

  • 6 Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

    Caring for a senior who lives far away presents many unique challenges. Use these six pointers to stay organized and informed while caregiving from a distance.

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  • Should You Convince Your Aging Parents to Move Closer to You?

    Long-distance caregiving is challenging, but so is convincing elderly parents to move closer to family. How do you know if you are making the right decision?

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  • Long-Distance Caregiving: Checking For Signs of Abuse

    Long-distance caregivers should learn the overt and subtle signs of mistreatment and check for them regularly. Being proactive and knowing what steps you can take to stop elder abuse will help ensure your loved one's safety.

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  • Long-Distance Caregiving: Planning for Your Parents' Future

    One of the biggest challenges for long-distance caregivers is helping aging parents plan for their future health care preferences. Making advance care plans is a key step for your parent to take to be sure that their health care preferences are known.

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  • Long-Distance Caregiving: Where to Start

    Even if you live hundreds of miles away, you can still help your elderly parents with their medical care. Healthcare experts recommend that you start by learning as much as you can about your parent's illness, current treatments, and its likely course.

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  • An Overview of Long-Distance Caregiving and Helping from Afar

    Even If your elderly parents do not live close by, you are still concerned for their care. Make caregiving from a distance more manageable to ensure that your elderly parent is safe and well cared for.

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  • When Is It Time to Place a Loved One with Dementia in a Long-Term Care Facility?

    Family members often struggle with decisions regarding memory care. There is no downside to placing a senior with dementia in a facility too soon, however there are many consequences of waiting too long.

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  • Memory Care: The Greatest Gift We Could Give Mom

    The progression of Mom’s Alzheimer's disease over the last eight years had been pretty much textbook, but nothing could have prepared us for the decision to place her in a specialized dementia care facility.

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  • Hiring an In-Home Caregiver to Act as the Family Lookout

    Specialized training enables in-home caregivers to notice and act on important changes in a senior’s health. Personal care aides, home health aides and nurses can serve as the eyes and ears for family who cannot personally provide full-time care.

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  • Senior Nutrition: How to Tell if a Loved One Is Eating

    As we age, eating often becomes more of a chore than a pleasure. Look for these signs that a senior is not eating well and use these tips to prevent malnutrition.

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  • Siblings Who Feel Shut Out of Caregiving

    While MIA siblings are the overwhelming norm, some families have very different experiences. This article offers a glimpse into another perspective on caregiving: that oft maligned long-distance siblings may actually be excluded by primary caregivers.

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  • Should Your Elderly Parent Continue Living at Home?

    Evaluate your elderly parent's ability to age in place by conducting a thorough assessment to determine if they are physically and mentally able to continue living in their own home.

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  • Long-Distance Medical Transport: Relocating a Frail Senior

    As care needs increase, many long-distance caregivers decide that their elders would receive better care if they lived closer. The best option for moving seniors who can't handle car trips or air travel is to use a non-emergency medical transport service.

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  • Rest in Peace

    My experiences as a long-distance caregiver for my mother taught my family and I the true significance of the phrase, "Rest in peace."

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  • What a Holiday Visit Can Reveal About a Senior’s Health

    In-person visits reveal far more about an aging loved one’s physical and mental health than regular phone calls or emails. Make sure you know what red flags to keep an eye out for during this year’s holiday dinners and get togethers.

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  • Tele-Caregiving: ‘Be There’ for an Elder Without Physically Being There

    As their physical and mental abilities begin to decline, an aging elder is often forced to hire outside help or enter an assisted living facility. With the invention of tele-caregiving they now have another option.

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  • 4 Red Flags to Look for During Holiday Visits With Seniors

    Elderly loved ones may be able to downplay changes in their health and abilities between visits, but holiday gatherings allow you to see firsthand how they’re faring. Know the signs of age-related decline and what steps you can take to address them.

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  • Dealing with the Guilt and Challenges of Long-Distance Caregiving

    For long-distance caregivers whose parents reside in senior living facilities, frequent in-person visits aren’t always an option. So, how can you manage their care from afar and avoid feeling guilty about not being there more often?

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  • Long-Distance Caregiving: Geriatric Care Managers Provide Invaluable Support

    Long-distance caregivers often struggle to monitor and support their aging parents from afar. A geriatric care manager can evaluate a senior’s needs, coordinate their care, communicate regularly with family and provide valuable peace of mind.

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  • How can long-distance caregivers watch for signs of elder abuse?

    I would hire a geriatric care manager who lives very close to your father, and can be your onging eyes and ears in your absence.

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