The National Institute on Aging recently published an article about how long-distance caregivers can support local caregivers. Highlights from the article include:
Discuss and plan the division of labor before there is an emergency;
Play to your strengths where possible (e.g. financially savvy people should manage bills);
Know your limits; and
Don’t forget to plan respites for the primary caregiver. Caregiving is exhausting work.
Having a semi-regular family meeting to discuss these issues can be a great opportunity to make sure a family stays together through the stressful times of caregiving for a family member. I’ve seen too many situations devolve when the family didn’t communicate and feelings of resentment and unfairness crept in, destroying family bonds.
The article can be found here.
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Post by Peter Harrison