Updated: Jan 25
When most people think of a caregiver, they often imagine someone who spends all their time in-person caring for an individual. However, care managers reduce the stress of long-distance caregiving by navigating the healthcare system and coordinating aging services on your behalf.
What is a Long-Distance Caregiver?
A long-distance caregiver includes anyone who lives more than an hour away from the person they care for.
Distance does not have any bearing on how much you care for your loved one, and no matter how far you are, you still have the same concerns and pressure as a local caregiver. In many cases, long-distance caregiving can be more challenging because it can be harder to stay informed about the care of a loved one.
How do we help Long-Distance Caregivers?
Handle the Logistics
A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into caring for a loved one, and care managers can help manage this. Some of these areas include finances, legal issues, and what to do in an emergency. Despite the distance, care managers recommend and coordinate services for these areas so that, when an emergency arises, a plan is implemented.
Locate a Care Agency or Facility
If your loved one is going to move or stay at home, care managers support your decisions for care. We can perform all the research on locations regarding their price, reviews, and availability.
Provide Emotional Support
Just because you are not the primary caregiver or person who cares for someone daily, does not mean that you cannot help them. Caregiver stress is an all too real problem, and as a long-distance caregiver, you can help primary caregivers. In addition to taking on some of the above tasks, which lessen their load, you can also provide emotional support and help them understand that they are not doing this alone. It takes a team to care for a loved one, and the team works best when everyone plays a role.
Oversee Care Management
Due to the distance, care managers often have to oversee a team of care aides who can help handle the day-to-day care on your behalf. This is an important job since these individuals not only care directly for your loved one, but they can also update you on how your loved one’s daily living needs. You want to ensure that the individuals you hire are superb at their job, care for your loved one like family, and keep you informed about their care and progress.
If your loved one has a medical condition that requires medical equipment, care managers can arrange for the delivery of the equipment, which nursing aides can then use.
While long-distance caregivers do not directly care for a loved one each day, they can still offer support and care in many ways. If you are a long-distance caregiver and need in-person care for your loved one, reach out to us at (404) 310-3567 to learn more about how we can help provide and direct a care team for your loved one's needs.