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Caregiving from afar
There are an estimated 7 million long-distance caregivers in the United States. Although many miles can add difficulty to caring for an aging parent or loved one, you can still make a big difference.
Schedule regular phone calls and use e-mail to share news, fun, and information. Give the person something to look forward to.
Your loved one may sound fine on the phone, but how do you know? Ask questions like, “What’s for dinner?” rather than “Are you eating well?” If your loved one’s answer is “a box of crackers,” he or she may need more day-to-day care, or an extended visit. Simple, conversational questions can give you better insight into the person’s state of well-being.
If you feel comfortable as a medical advocate, you could handle your loved one’s care, interpret doctors’ orders, or manage a professional caregiver. If you’re knowledgeable with numbers, take on finance and insurance issues. Hold a family meeting and divide responsibilities and finances. Using your skills on a specific set of long-distance
Source: National Institute on Aging
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