The elderly person you care for may live at a distance from you-perhaps even in another state-and long distance caregiving can present significant challenges. We hope that the resources listed below, which were designed to address the special needs of long distance caregivers, will be of help to you.

The Administration on Aging free Eldercare Locator Services can help you locate resources in your elder's community. Telephone 800-677-1116.

Family Caregiver Alliance Handbook for Long-Distance Caregivers

If your elder has an illness which is supported by a national organization, for example, the Alzheimer Association, contact the national office and ask about the chapter closest to you

Contact the Area Agency on Aging in the community where your elder lives and ask about services they offer, including home observation programs and in-home care programs

Develop an informal care network and make sure they have your contact information. Informal care networks can include relatives, neighbors, friends and faith groups.

Think about hiring a professional Geriatric Care Manager (PGCM) if you notice signs that your loved one is beginning to need help with daily tasks or has had a significant change in health. A PGCM can assess an individual's situation, prepare a personalized care plan, and provide supervision and monitoring services as necessary.