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The Dementia Caregiver's Little Book of Hope [Kindle Edition]
National Institute on Aging - U.S. National Institutes of Health
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Long-distance dementia-caregiving has unique stresses. Learn what to do and how to help. Get a free booklet with suggestions on coping and succeeding.
Who is a long-distance caregiver?Anyone, anywhere, can be a long-distance caregiver, no matter your gender, income, age, social status, or employment. If you are living an hour or more away from a person who needs your help, you're probably a long-distance caregiver.
|Learn about your family member's condition and any treatment to help you understand what is going on, anticipate the course of an illness, prevent crises, and assist in healthcare management.|
Get written permission, as needed under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, to receive medical and financial information. To the extent possible, the family member with permission should be the one to talk with all healthcare providers. Try putting together a notebook, on paper or online, that includes all the vital information about medical care, social services, contact numbers, financial issues, and so on. Make copies for other caregivers, and keep it up-to-date.
Remember to actually spend time visiting with your family member. Try to make time to do things unrelated to being a caregiver, like watching a movie, playing a game, or taking a drive. Finding time to do something simple and relaxing can help everyone—it can be fun and build family memories. And, try to let outside distractions wait until you are home again.
Don't underestimate the value of a phone and email contact list. It is a simple way to keep everyone updated on your parents' needs.
You may also want to give the person you care for a cell phone (and make sure he or she knows how to use it). Or, if your family member lives in a nursing home, consider having a private phone line installed in his or her room. Program telephone numbers of doctors, friends, family members, and yourself into the phone, and perhaps provide a list of the speed-dial numbers to keep with the phone. Such simple strategies can be a lifeline. But try to be prepared should you find yourself inundated with calls from your parent.
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