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Download the Handbook for Long-Distance Caregivers

Billed as “an essential guide for families and friends caring for ill or elderly loved ones”, this 31-page handbook developed by the Family Caregiver Alliance is valuable resource that elder professionals can distribute to long-distance caregivers. The document, written in 2003, is a bit dated, but the essentials are still pertinent. Designed as a guide for newer, long-distance caregivers, topics covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Preventive Steps
  • What’s Needed?
  • Checklist of Care Needs
  • Care Managers
  • Who’s on Your Team?
  • Who Can do What?
  • Places to Start
  • Balancing Work and Eldercare
  • Paying for Care
  • Practical Tips and Resources for a Distant Caregiver
  • Helpful Agencies and Organizations

Download the Handbook for Long-Distance Caregivers

The document is by no means thorough and will certainly not answer all of the questions a new, long-distance caregiver is going to have, but it does act as a valuable introductory document for long-distance caregivers. Aging professionals will probably not learn anything new in the document, but it’s something that can be distributed to others. It’s the only introductory document for long-distance caregivers I’ve seen. If you know of other long-distance caregiving resources, please leave them in the comments section of this post.

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