Caring from Afar

Parkinson’s disease affects the whole family, whether you live in the same house as the loved one with PD or on another continent. People who live far away are often at a loss as to how to be helpful in ways that are both meaningful and possible, but living out of town does not mean you are not involved or do not care. There are limitations to what you can do in all situations, especially from afar, but you can still help in many ways.

What can long-distance relatives do to be helpful, short of moving back home? Let your loved one know you are still there for him or her.
You must be well-versed in the person with Parkinson's needs and status, so communicate regularly with your loved one and his or her local care providers. A geriatric care manager might be able to help.