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How to Care for Senior Loved Ones Long Distance

Long-Distance CaregivingAs families spread out around the country and globe, seniors often rely on the support of loved ones who live far away. Long-distance caregiving has unique challenges, but it can be done safely and effectively.

In the US, approximately 5-7 million adults are responsible for caring for a senior family member who lives more than 26 miles away. For seniors and their caregivers, long-distance support is possible through smart strategies.

Common Challenges of Long-Distance Caregiving

Caregiving for senior loved ones is typically challenging. Coordinating services, ensuring a senior’s safety, offering companionship, and dealing with emotions are all common difficulties for families. Distance adds more complications. As a result, common challenges of long-distance caregiving include:

  • Tracking seniors’ progress, needs, and well-being
  • Arranging for services like transportation
  • Gaining assurance of senior safety in their own homes
  • Feeling disconnected or out of the loop in the caregiving process
  • Paying for quality care plus travel expenses

Strategies for Successful Long-Distance Caregiving

Long-distance caregiving has become increasingly common due to the changing lifestyles of both seniors and families. Many caregiving agencies are now equipped to include long-distance loved ones in caregiving. Advances in technology also make it possible for far-away family members to be involved in caregiving. Smart strategies for long-distance caregiving include:

  • Selecting a caregiver agency that uses technology to offer realtime interaction and transparency between in-person caregivers and family members
  • Using video calling technology to stay connected with seniors on a regular basis
  • Hiring companions, transportation, and other services designed specifically for seniors

For more long-distance caregiving strategies, types of helpful technology, and fun facts about aging in the modern day, check out our free Marketing Monthly program.


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