The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Long-distance love

How to care for aged parents across the miles

As our parents get older — and become ill or no longer able to fully care for themselves — children living at a distance are faced with pressing problems. Most can't travel back and forth often to provide sufficient help. They probably feel guilty about that — or regretful. Some aren't familiar with the area's social services and have difficulty arranging assistance long-distance.

Moving a parent, or other older relative, close to you can be one option. But when it's not, or your relative already lives close to another family member, how do you learn to cope with loving from a distance? How can you monitor the well-being of a relative in a nursing facility — or still at home?

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