First Steps for New Caregivers

Anyone, anywhere, can be a long-distance caregiver. If you are living an hour or more away from a person who needs your help, you’re probably a long-distance caregiver. It can be overwhelming to get started. Here are some first steps you can take:

  • Ask the primary caregiver, if there is one, and the care recipient how you can be most helpful
  • Talk to friends who are caregivers to see if they have suggestions about ways to help
  • Find out more about local resources that might be useful
  • Develop a good understanding of the person’s health issues and other needs
  • Visit as often as you can; not only might you notice something that needs to be done and can be taken care of from a distance, but you can also relieve a primary caregiver for a short time

Learn more about long-distance caregiving on our website.

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