Long Distance Caregiving

Tuesday, November 03, 2015
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Are you a Long-Distance Care Giver?

No matter your gender, income, age social status or employment , Anyone, anywhere, is a long-distance caregiver If you are living an hour or more away from a person who needs your help.

What can I do to help?

You can help with finances, bill paying, or talking to the bank manager.

You can gather important documents such as DPOA

You can arrange for home care. You can contact a RN or SW through your MD and use resources provided by your MD staff such as Medicare Home Health Agency.

Serve as a navigator through the health care system

Keep family and friends informed using sites such as lotsahelpinghands.com

Create an emergency list of medications, contacts, and DPOA copies.

Many of us do not have caregiver skills and sometimes, it is our first time being a primary care giver. Access care giver information by checking American Red Cross for courses in care giving. Locate information for your love one by contacting your local area agency on aging or your local government county site for information pertaining to your need.

Learn about your family member's condition and treatment to help you understand what is going on. Be part of the health care team.
Get written permission, as needed under the HIPAA privacy rule to receive medical and financial information. To the extent possible, the family member with permission should be the one to talk with all healthcare providers.

Try putting together a notebook, on paper or online, that includes all the vital information about medical care, social services, contact numbers, financial issues, and so on.

Resources:

Eldercare locator 1-800-677-1116

National Institute on Aging website

Family Care Navigator

Your government website

Care Solutions for Elders: 415-456-3439 for additional case management and guided consultations

Care Solutions for our ELDER CARE TOOLKIT

All the best,

Tina Cheplick RNCCM

009Care Solutions for Elders and Families