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How can I help my family member/friend with long distance care if I don’t live nearby?

En español | Create a contact list of friends, neighbors, doctors, faith leaders and others in regular contact with your loved one. Include at least one person close by who can easily check in and consider giving this person a key to the home.

Gather important information to access easily in a crisis, including medical records, a list of medications, financial accounts, insurance and legal documents.

Tap into community services to help your loved one stay connected socially, get needed transportation or get help at home. Or consider hiring a professional, through the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers  or National Association of Social Workers, to help manage the care. The Eldercare Locator can help you find agencies and refer you to the area agency on aging.

Check out the Mail Carrier Alert Program through the U.S. Postal Service. Mail carriers are trained to spot signs of trouble, such as accumulated mail or trash, and alert an agency that will check on the older adult.

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