Nearly 15% of all caregivers in the U.S. are long distance caregivers. This estimate is expected to double by 2020, according to data published by the Family Caregiver Alliance (2016).
A caregiver living one or more hours away from a care recipient is considered a ‘long distance caregiver.’
Caring for a loved one from afar presents unique physical and emotional demands, especially if the care recipient lives in another city or state.
Caregivers can ease some of the challenges they face. Options for providing assistance and support for a loved one at a distance include:
- Clear communication is important for all involved. Set regular times to speak with relatives and those assisting with care at home. If possible, schedule a meeting by phone or internet.
- Create a contact list. Assemble addresses and phone numbers of close friends, neighbors, and doctors who are in regular contact with the care recipient for quick access in case of an emergency, and share with all who care for the individual.
- Seek local resources and senior/disability services. Adult day services; in-home care agencies; and friendly visitor programs provide additional care options and may provide peace of mind for long distance caregivers.
To learn more about local community resources, contact a Community Resource Specialist: (408) 350-3200, option 1.