Family Caregiver Preparedness: Long-Distance Caregiving

Aimee

Family Caregiver Preparedness: Long-Distance Caregiving

Aimee
For five days beginning May 1, we’re sharing our thoughts about being prepared for a caregiving experience, for what happens during a caregiving experience and then the aftermath of a caregiving experience. I’m collecting data and stories on the topic of Family Caregiver Preparedness, or the lack thereof, and how it affects you, your caree, your caregiving experience, and your life overall.

Today, on our fourth day, I'd love to hear your thoughts about experiences with long-distance caregiving. How much do you know about getting an accurate assessment of your caree's abilities and medical conditions? What do you need to know about finding resources? What conversations do you need to have regarding supervised care, transportation, payment of bills, meal delivery, and reminders for taking medications? What do you know about determining future housing needs and available options? How do you go about handling the effects of long-distance caregiving on your employment, family finances and relationships?

Please share your thoughts in our comments section below.

Thank you for sharing your experience! This helps tremendously as I continue to gather stories and data on this topic. I hope writing about it will be helpful for you as well.

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CathyJ

Aimee, I am so grateful that I can care for my mom here in my home. I can't imagine how challenging it would be with long-distance caregiving. In the event, we have to place mom in a memory care facility in the future, our options are limited locally and would likely be traveling at least an hour to see her. I can't imagine the emotions or challenges involved for those carees who must care from a far.