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10 strategies for long-distance care giving

1. Get organized: Keep important information in a care log.

2. Identify your informal network.

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3. Investigate travel alternatives to see if you can "care commute."

4. Discuss legal and financial issues with your loved one such as the will, powers of attorney, trusts, etc.

5. Locate all legal, financial and insurance documents and other important papers; identify all bank accounts and sources of income and obligations. Document everything.

6. Tap into the aging network.

7. Develop a care plan.

8. Adjust your plan as needed.

9. Explore relocation issues.

10. Take care of yourself.

Source: "Long-Distance Caregiving: A Survival Guide for Far Away Caregivers" by Angela Heath.

 
-- Posted: June 22, 2005
   

 

 
 

 

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