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Long Distance Caregiver - Challenges and Solutions

By: Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW

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A private care manager helps to reassure the family regarding the care that the older person is receiving. Another role is to assist in helping family members deal with emotional concerns, such as not being able to be physically present to provide care or dealing with guilt over the past relationship and emotional distance that might still be felt toward the older parent.

When you are not able to be around to oversee the day-to-day care of your older relative due to geographical distance, it is comforting to know that there are strategies that can be used to plan and to monitor your relative’s situation. Customizing a caregiving network will make your life much easier, which will lead to decreased stress and both you and your older relative will reap the benefit of the care that is provided. 


Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW, is an independent geriatric social worker, consultant and trainer. She is also a writer, and has had numerous articles published in national magazines 

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