May 20, 2012

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So Far Away-21 Questions For Long Distance Caregivers

Because there are more than 7 million caregivers in the USA, these questions may be useful:

What Does A Long-Distance Caregiver Do?
How Will I Know If Help Is Really Needed?
What Can I Do From Far Away?
How Can My Family Decide Who Does What?
What Is A Geriatric Care Manager and How Can I Locate One?
Is Organizing Paperwork A Good Way to Be Helpful?
Do We Need To Talk About Future Health Decisions?
How Can I Locate Financial Assistance From Afar?
How Can We Make The Best Use Of Our Time to Make the House Safer?
How Can I Keep Up With My Parents’ Medical Care?
How Can I make The Most Of The Doctor Visit With My Parent?
How Can I Be Sure My Parent Is Not Being Mistreated?
How Can I Lighten The Load For My Other Parent?
How Do I Know When It Is Time to Get More Help?
How Can I Help My Parents Decide If It Is Time To Move?
What Are The Options If A Parent Is Too Sick To Stay At Home?
What If I am Told My Parent Only Has A Few Months To Live?
Why Do I Feel So Frustrated and Guilty?
What Can I Do To Take Care of Myself?
What Are The Most Important Points to Remember as I Begin?
How Do I Obtain More Information?

Detective work ranging from an occasional phone call, to getting medical information, arranging grocery deliveries and monthly visits, to managing bills can be useful.
Knowing your strengths and limits goes a long way to sorting out the responsibilities among siblings, when necessary. Legal, medical, personal, financial information are examples of the kind of information to keep track of and privacy issues vary for each family. Being a caregiver and balancing your peace of mind with your parent’s privacy can be challenging and is easier with respectful communication.

Sources for financial assistance; www.cms.gov, www.cms.gov/home/medicaid.asp, www.pace4you.org, www.benefitscheckup.org, www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan/questions/home.aspx, www.pparx.org, www.medicare.gov/Contacts, www.va.gov, www.benefits,gov or call 1 800 FED INFO, 1 800 333-4636.

Send me a “So Far Away” email, directly to sonia.morrison@gmail.com or Download your NIA PDF

Other Free Information Available from National Institute on Aging (NIA)
• Getting Your Affairs in Order
• Healthy Eating After 50
• Home Safety for People with Alzheimer’s Disease
• Nursing Homes: Making the Right Choice
• Older Drivers
• Online Health Information: Can You Trust It?
• Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People
• There’s No Place Like Home—For Growing Old: Tips from the National Institute on Aging
All NIA resources can be ordered online at www.nia.nih.gov/health or by calling 1-800-222-2225 (toll-free) or 1-800-222-4225 for TTY (toll-free).

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