Get organized for long-distance caregiving

Caregiving for someone that doesn't live close by can be challenging.

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Caregiving for someone that doesn't live close by can be challenging. Getting organized and being mindful of a few key things will help you feel more prepared as issues come up, and feeling prepared will help build your confidence as a caregiver. Here are some tips as you start to get organized to help care for someone remotely:

  • If there is a primary caregiver, work with them to make a list of key contacts like doctors, pharmacies, and friends and neighbors. Keep the list or the contacts in your phone for easy access.
  • If there isn't a primary caregiver who lives with the person, identify a local point of contact and share contact info. The point of contact should be someone who can easily visit the person you're caring for and can join appointments as needed. Ask them how they prefer to share information and give and receive information updates.
  • If there isn't a local point of contact, make sure the person you're caring for has easy access to phones and a tablet or computer if possible. Pick specific times for video check-ins and go over things like home safety and medications. 
  • Help the main point of contact, or primary caregiver, get organized digitally so you have access to things remotely. The most important documents to share are medications lists, after-visit summaries for recent procedures, and care plans. 
  • Establish a regular check-in with the point of contact or primary caregiver to offer support and help you to keep engaged and updated.

Caregiving or supporting the primary caregiver from afar can be challenging. Sharing medications lists, key contact lists, and healthcare information digitally will help you, the person you're caring for, and the primary caregiver stay connected and on the same page. 


NIH: Getting Started with Long Distance Caregiving

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