Studies have shown that despite the separation, long-distance caregivers can provide the same types of support as family caregivers living nearby, including:
• Helping with finances and arranging to pay bills.
• Organizing home-care services and facilitating the purchase of assisted devices and medical equipment.
• Communicating regularly to offer emotional support (writing, phoning, or even connecting via video application).
• Coordinating information (facilitating the transfer of records between health professionals, conducting searches about their health problems and medications, helping
them identify their needs and navigating local programs and services).
• Keeping family members and friends informed.
• Getting paperwork in order in case of an emergency.
• Having a home assessment done to ensure it is a safe environment.
• Providing holiday or weekend respite care to local caregivers who assume most of the day-to-day responsibilities.