• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Long-distance caregiving

November 17, 2017

an older man and woman smiling and listening together to a cell phoneCaregiving: Tips for long-distance caregivers
National Family Caregivers Month, celebrated each November, is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers. Long-distance caregiving poses unique challenges. From coordinating services to managing finances to checking in by regular phone calls or video chats, there are a number of ways you can aid a loved one from afar. Give these tips a try.

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