Support Ideas for Caregivers

Caregiver Poll- How Can I Help When I Live So Far Away?

Support Ideas for Caregivers

How can I help when I live so far away? What can I do to support my loved one who is chronically ill from long distance? These are some of the common questions we hear from family members or friends of those who are chronically ill. We are posting this question here in hopes that those with experience will answer below in the comment section. Please let us know if you are a caregiver of a chronically ill patient or if you are the patient and have some ideas of what will help you. Thank you!





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3 thoughts on “Caregiver Poll- How Can I Help When I Live So Far Away?”

  1. I care for a loved one who lives far away and the most important thing is to make sure that their immediate needs are taken care of and that they feel comfortable. I have supplied them with the best home care in their area. I often drive and visit to make sure that everything is in order. The most important this is to always check in.

  2. I am Chronically ill, with much pain and fatigue and host of so much more…For what assists and brightens my day, there are many things that will a phone call or even a text saying you are thinking of me, card or letter in my mailbox, gift cards, for necessities and also for splurge. As we do not have money that we can say, maybe have a starbucks or dairy-queen ice cream< extreme examples, better would be plants flowers, books, music, groceries and etc. Gift certificate for say a massage or reflexology along the lines of natural healing. Help with buying needed healing, whether it be pharm or herbal.
    Also some one to listen, someone to see us in this invisible disease.
    This is what I know brings and enhances my day. I have been blessed a few times with some of the following..for this I am ever grateful…

  3. I’m chronically I’ll and live alone. Here are a few things I find helpful.

    1. Phone calls. Sometimes we just want to vent about the struggles of being sick, but most of the time we want to talk about something completely different to get our minds off of feeling bad. I love to hear about what’s going on in other people’s lives, because mine can get pretty boring at times!

    2. Care packages. It doesn’t have to be anything too expensive, just something to let them know you’re thinking of them. Things that are relaxing and healing are a good idea. Bath products, candles, a cd from a favorite band, etc…

    3. Cards. It’s always nice to receive a card from someone you love who is far away. 🙂

    4. Gift cards for necessities. Only if you have the extra money, of course! Being sick gets expensive when it comes to buying medication and paying for doctor’s appointments. Sometimes we have to cut back on groceries and other necessities in order to afford treatment.

    Hope these help!

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