by Katie Gilstrap on March 28th, 2012
Providing care for a family member who lives far away can be challenging. Concerns about your loved one's safety, nutrition and health may seem overwhelming, and the inability to be with them on a regular basis makes it difficult to feel as though you are contributing.
Here are some tips to help you help your loved one from afar:
- Don't be afraid to turn to others for help. Local family members and friends can provide companionship; neighbors can check regularly on your loved one; and community organizations often provide companion services.
- Make the most of visits. Make appointments with your loved one's physician, lawyer and financial adviser. Meet with neighbors, friends and other relatives to hear their observations about how your loved one is doing. Take time to connect with your loved one by talking, listening to music, going for a walk or participating in activities you enjoy together.
- Use technology. Care management tools can help families work together, regardless of geography. From activity management to status updates and secure document storage, these systems can help families manage caregiving responsibilities as a team.
For information about long-distance caregiving and to sign up for Lift Caregiving's free care management tool, Family Ties, visit www.liftcaregiving.com.
Katie Gilstrap is co-founder of Lift Caregiving.
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