Issues of Time and Space: Navigating the Minefield of Long-distance Caregiving

Issues of Time and Space: Navigating the Minefield of Long-distance Caregiving

May 1, 2011

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Gina M. Barry, Esq.

There comes a point when most of our nation’s elders will need assistance with various tasks, such as household management, bathing, dressing, medication management, meal preparation and eating, transferring, and/or using the restroom. In the past, such assistance was typically provided by family members, however, with the increased mobility of our society, it is now common for family members to be too physically distant to provide hands on care.

It is also common for an elder to be unwilling to move closer to their family, even if staying where they are means receiving care from someone other than their family members. Although the distance creates many hazards, steps can be taken to allow successful navigation of the minefield of legal, financial, and administrative issues that lie in wait for the long-distance caregiver.

The most common legal issue associated with providing proper care and oversight from a distance involves establishing proper legal authority to ensure ongoing care in the event of incapacity of the elder. When proper legal authority is not established, caregiving can be interrupted, leaving the elder at risk for physical, mental, and/or financial harm.

This legal issue can be easily resolved...

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by: Gina M. Barry

Healthcare News
May 2011

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