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Long Distance Caregiving Challenges

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Regardless of ones’ age and background, care giving has its challenges.

In March, Globe and Mail published the article “Long-distance caregivers of the elderly torn between two locations”.  I am pleased to share these tips with you.

These Long Distance Caring tips include:

  1. Talk about it: Determine what role each family member will play to avoid one family member being overly burdened.
  2. Consider an assessment to better understand current needs and wants
  3. How to stay in touch: Telephone, Skype, Webcam, Face to Face time
  4. Access local resources
  5. Ensure Powers of Attorney are in place
  6. Consider use of an organizer such as the Wellness Binder to keep track of important contacts, medications, health status, numbers and names for neighbours,doctors and pharmacy and
  7. You are not alone – strengthen your support system.

Regardless of the health issue, worrying about a loved one is stressful and caregiver challenges may come up. While the internet has brought the world closer together, getting or giving a hug still needs a personal touch!  Other helpful resources include National Institute on Aging.

This article originally appeared on Audrey’s website.

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Audrey Miller MSW, RSW, CCLCP, is a recognized expert in life care planning, aging and caregiving issues. She has been interviewed and has appeared on television, radio and national news publications. Audrey has an extensive background working with older adults and their caregiving families. As the author of hundreds of articles and blogs, Audrey shares her expertise and wealth of knowledge and experience at eldercaring.ca.

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