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.

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

    Long-distance caregiving is challenging, but so is convincing Mom and Dad to relocate so they’re closer to family. How do you know if you are making the right decision?

  • Long-Distance Caregiving: Checking For Signs of Abuse

    Even as a long-distant caregiver, learn the signs to determine if your loved one is being mistreated—and ways to take corrective action to stop elder abuse.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Memory Care: The Greatest Gift We Could Give Mom

    Mom's progression of Alzheimer's disease over the last eight years had been pretty much textbook. But nothing would prepare us for the challenge of placing her in memory care.

  • Professional Caregivers Function As Your Family Lookout

    Specialized training enables professional caregivers to notice and act on important changes in an aging loved one’s health and well being. Professional caregivers can serve as the eyes and ears for family who cannot personally provide full-time care.

  • 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.

  • Should Your Elderly Parent Continue Living at Home?

    Adult children worried about the dangers of a senior living alone is often met with an elderly parent's claim that,"Everything is fine!" However, the difficult task of determining whether an aging loved one can remain at home safely must be addressed.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    Your 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.

  • Dealing with the Guilt of Long-Distance Caregiving

    For long-distance caregivers for parents who live in assisted living or nursing home, visiting isn't always an option. How can you make sure your parent is healthy and happy?

  • Long-Distance Caregiving: Geriatric Care Managers Can Help

    If you do not see your parent often, changes in his or her health may seem dramatic. A geriatric care manager can evaluate your parent's needs, coordinate care, and communicate regularly with the family - giving you peace of mind.

  • 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.

  • Can a Geriatric Care Manager Help a Long-distance Caregiver?

    Geriatric care managers, GCMs for short, act as a more knowledgeable you, informing you and your parent about what kind of care alternatives are available within the community and helping you assess all the medical, financial and legal issues involved with any given choice.

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