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A Word About Distance – Part 5 of Caregivers and Who They Are

It is not uncommon for people to be helping loved ones that do not live in the same town, or even same state.  People who live an hour or more away from the care recipient are called “long-distance caregivers.”  Over 5 million Americans are providing long-distance care, most often helping a parent, step-parent or parent-in-law.  Long-distance caregivers live an average of over 400 miles away from their care recipients, or over 7 hours away.  About half of long-distance caregivers are not the primary caregiver, but are instead helping out another relative or friend that provides the majority of care.  The other half is either the sole caregiver, the primary caregiver, or shares responsibilities equally with another caregiver. Continue reading