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Hello Rubber — Meet Road (Taking Care of Those You Care About Over Long Distances)

I can’t remember the last time I hesitated walking (or driving) down the street for fear of getting hit in the head by ice. But apparently, it is a risk for those living in Boston.

Looking ahead when driving (and walking) is a must. Looking ahead in the care-giving realm is also a must…because potential hazards can hit you before you see them coming. When they do, it can feel like a head-on collision that leaves you spinning out of control with no way to get back on track.

With some caution (and some planning) there’s a smoother road to take…and it’s similar to the map-studying exercise you undertake before embarking on a road trip of any distance.

Read on to discover your best options for meeting the practical needs of those you love “before you need them.”

Dr. Foetisch shares some valuable recommendations for care-giving long-distance…

Given the way families are changing, expanding, and moving around; there’s a fair chance that most women will find themselves having to lend a hand to those they love long distance.

This scenario may not feel so daunting when family members are still reasonably fit and mostly able care for themselves, but what happens when the unexpected, the unplanned occurs?

What may be a surprise to many women is that while there are some resources available for taking care of loved ones long distance; it is important to know the accessibility factor has its limitations.

· DETOURS – Those who want to access effective, comprehensive care for family members living far away would be surprised to learn that there really are no universal organizations set up to deal with ongoing long-term care-giving issues. Though there are agencies for elder abuse and related protective services, individuals will have to do their own legwork to find assistance city by city.

· LONG WAY AROUND – While there isn’t a one stop-all agency for every care-need scenario, families can find temporary assistance on a piecemeal basis. If a family member is in the hospital for any reason, address any questions and concerns to the staff social worker. These in-house representatives will be the most familiar with all local agencies available and can explain what types of services are offered and covered by various insurance/state-funded plans. Another potential bump is that most benefits are only covered for a period of a few short weeks.

· SHORTEST ROUTE – If your family member lives far away and is in need of help; your best option is to go directly to the source. In the long run, you’ll save time (and possibly avoid catastrophe) if you personally visit your loved one’s home, familiarize yourself with their surroundings, and become acquainted with their community and any/all those resources available to them.

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