If you live far away from a loved one with Parkinson’s, you may feel limited in how much you can help out. Our community shares advice on simple ways to feel more connected and involved, whether you and your loved one live a car ride or a flight apart.
As you reach out, remember that long-distance support can be emotionally draining. You may feel anxious or guilty when you’re away from your loved one, or stressed about fitting everything into a short visit. Know that these feelings are normal, and try talking with a friend or use other emotional management tips to help.
Keep your own binder or another organisational system with your loved one’s medical information. Keep track of medications your loved one takes, contact information for his or her doctors and other notes about care. Create a contact list of neighbours and friends who you can reach out to in case of an emergency.
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