Managing health and health care remotely

Easy access to medical information before you need it is the best way to avoid complications and annoyances when the caregivers aren't all in the same place.

Remote Caregiving Resources

Easy access to medical information before you need it is the best way to avoid complications and annoyances when the caregivers aren't all in the same place. If possible, gather all of the relevant medical, financial, and insurance information while you're together so you can review it and ask any questions. 


Then, pick a method for storing and ask permission to share it with other caregivers. If you can't gather it in person, have a video call with the person you're caring for and ask them to review their medications list and their insurance information and store that information digitally. 


Next time you see them, gather and scan other key documents. More tips for managing medications, nutrition, and mental wellness remotely:

  • Gather medications list and insurance documents and store scans or photos digitally. Ask for updates each month or after they've had a doctor's appointment. You may need to use a pill dispensing system if they need help managing their medications, and you can't be there each week.
  • If the person you're caring for needs help cooking or grocery shopping, consider coordinating Meals on Wheels or another delivery service remotely. Make sure to consult with the person you're caring for so you know what they'd like and if they have any dietary restrictions or preferences, especially related to any medications they may be taking.
  • Mental health and wellness of the person you're caring for may be hard to assess remotely, even over video. Ask permission to have a friend or neighbor come over once a week or as needed. They may be able to help spot issues like missing medications, poor nutrition, and poor hygiene so you can address those quickly.

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