Helpline: Caregiver Logistics - Long Distance Community

Long-Distance Caregiving

If you are living far from a loved one who needs help that you can't provide as in-person home care, you can still care from afar. Long-distance caregiving means caring for a person, such as an aging parent, who lives far away from you. This type of caregiving can involve many different tasks, such as:

  • Calling the care recipient and providing emotional support
  • Taking care of the person's finances and bill payments
  • Hiring specialized caregiving service to look after the person on day to day basis
  • Providing emotional support and respite care to the primary caregiver
  • Talking with social workers to check in on the patient from time to time
  • Taking care of appointments with doctor and managing medications

You can get more ideas and information from other long-distance family caregivers on ExtendaTouch. Our online support community has many members who have served or are serving as remote caregivers for their loved ones. They are open to share their experiences and provide you free advice and ideas to improve your long-distance caregiving.

Staying Connected With Your Loved One From Far Away

As a distance caregiver, you want to stay connected with your loved one. If the care recipient has a primary caregiver, make sure to keep in contact with them. They can keep you updated about the patient's home health and what is going on. Second, get help from a social worker to make decisions and stay updated about your loved one's condition.

Phone calls and email are other useful methods to stay connected with the patient. To know about other strategies that you can make part of your remote caregiving, request contact with our fellow caregivers on ExtendaTouch, and start exchanging information and ideas.

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I would like to talk to someone about ways that I can best stay in touch and "feel closer" to my loved ones who I help care for but are now far away. I have an uncle with Huntington's disease and a grandfather with Alzheimer's