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Practical Insights for Busy Caregivers

Tips for long-distance caregivers

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April 30, 2018, by Paul Cavanagh, caregiverexchange.ca

Do you live more than an hour from a family member with a health condition whom you’re trying to support? Then you’ll probably find the following article in the San Diego Union-Tribune helpful. 
   
It does an excellent job of laying out five practical steps for long-distance caregivers to follow as identified by AARP. 
 
Although the article comes out of the US, much of the advice translates to Canada. However, the third step, find a local coordinator, is a bit different in Ontario. The article refers to geriatric care managers or elder care navigators/coordinators. While you may be able to hire such individuals in Ontario on a private-pay basis, there are also people who work within our government-funded health care system who fill at least of the same role.
 
For instance, here’s an article from Hospital News that highlights the role of Patient Navigators within cancer centres in the province.  
   
Coordinated care planning is becoming more common in Ontario. Health Links is an integrated patient-centered approach to care that focuses on enhancing and coordinating the care for patients living with multiple chronic conditions. The goal of the Health Links approach to care is to create seamless care coordination for patients with complex needs, by ensuring each patient has a Coordinated Care Plan (CCP) and ongoing care coordination.
 
You can find out more about Health Links in your part of Ontario by visiting thehealthline.ca for your area and entering “health links” into the search box at the top right of the screen.
 
For example, here’s information that’s available for Huron-Perth Health Link on SouthWesthealthline.ca.