According to a 2015 report from the National Alliance for Caregiving, over 30 million Americans serve as informal caregivers for aging relatives. But with families today spread out all-across the country, many caregivers must travel long distances to perform their duties. The coronavirus, or “COVID-19”, pandemic has created additional challenges for long distance caregivers, like travel bans and shelter in place restrictions. If you’re currently serving as a long distance caregiver, here are some ways to ensure that your loved one gets the care they deserve.

Fast Facts About Long Distance Caregivers

A long distance caregiver is defined as someone who travels more than an hour each way to provide care to another. Here are some other fast facts about long distance caregivers:

  • Roughly 15% of all family caregivers qualify as long distance caregivers.
  • They spend on average nearly $12,000 per year in out-of-pocket caregiving expenses.
  • They are more likely to experience emotional distress when compared to caregivers who live with the care recipient or caregivers who live less than an hour away.

The coronavirus pandemic has made long distance caregiving even more challenging and stressful, which increases the likelihood for caregiver burnout. If it happens to you, the quality of care that you’re providing will quickly go downhill.

Use This Long Distance Care Strategy

To make sure that doesn’t happen, you’ll need to devise an effective long distance caregiving strategy. First, make a list of the activities of daily living (ADLs) that your senior needs assistance with. Once that’s done, speak to your loved one and reassure them that everything is going to be OK.

Based off what you’ve learned, finalize your caregiving plan by taking these steps:

Focus On What You Can Do

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