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Caregiving Across The Miles:
The Plus Side of Long Distance Caregiving
(Story of a Caregiver)

By Peg Crandall, MA, CPC

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Tips for Long Distance Caregivers:
What you can do to ease the pain of separation.

  • Let your loved one know you are still there for him or her.
  • Call frequently. Hold normal conversations. Do not focus on the disease. Do talk about what is happening with friends and family.
  • Play their favorite music over the phone.
  • Share sources of calmness that may ease their path.
  • Read aloud – poetry or stories they would enjoy.
  • E-mail jokes, funny stories, pieces of relevant information, inspirational messages.
  • Arrange an electronic chat room with additional friends communicating.
  • Mail surprise packages – musical CDs, movies, books, crossword puzzles, easy to handle crafts.
  • Send a bouquet of balloons. Have a clown deliver the gift.
  • Share fun memories the two of you have enjoyed together

Excerpt from Caregivers: Angels without Wings© by Peg Crandall


Peg Crandall is an author, Caregiver Coach, Support Group Facilitator and Speaker. You can reach Peg at

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