Long-Distance Caregiving 101: Choosing Care

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 23 October 2012

Thanks to advances in technology, a long-distance caregiver can be more involved in making a decision about care with, or for, an aging family member.

Skype, FaceTime, iPads and tablets, smart phones and iPhones, webcams, the internet: all of these programs and tools can span the miles and give a real-time picture of how things really are, instead of simply hearing things like, “I’m fine” or “Everything’s OK” on the other end of the phone.

There are also hundreds of thousands of computer-based resources for caregivers and seniors, blogs, websites and search engines that offer advice on choosing care and help in finding the right community or provider. Support groups and forums for asking questions are also valuable tools for the caregiver. Twitter chats, such as our bi-monthly #ElderCareChat, are a great place for caregivers and care professionals to connect.

Here is one example of how you can use technology to make a care decision: if your father needs home care or is interested in assisted living, get online and search for options in his geographic area (and in his price range). Compile a list of 5-10 possibilities. If he uses email, send them for his review. Then, get on Skype to discuss and view them online together.

This is just one of many possibilities. In what ways has your family utilized technology to help make a care decision?


There are 4 Comments about this post

  1. Dina Ramon says,

    Hi Michelle – After reviewing the SFL site and your posts on caregiving, I want to alert you to a press release going out next week that I think would be of interest to your audience. It is a new service for seniors and their caregivers called VideoCare, a simple touch screen technology to keep seniors connected to their families and caregivers. Can I send the release to you? Thanks!


    on 25 October 2012 / 10:02 PM

  2. Hi Dina,
    Thanks for letting me know about the press release and the service itself. Sure, send me the release. I’ll email my address!


    on 26 October 2012 / 11:02 AM

  3. Bob Young says,

    Good article recommending existing mobile technology that is readily available to help the caregiver stay in touch.


    on 17 December 2012 / 12:10 AM

  4. Thank you, Bob! Glad you found it helpful.


    on 17 December 2012 / 10:50 AM


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