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Communication is important for caregiving. Everyone involved in providing aid needs to be on the same page. It’s also important to stay in touch with the person receiving the aid. Physical distance and scheduling conflicts can make this harder for families to achieve. However, there are ways to stay in touch despite the distance.

Journals and records: Keeping a caregiving journal and writing down exactly when medications were given, or appointments made can help the next caregiver keep track of what previously happened.

Cellphones: With modern cell phones, there are a variety of ways to communicate with someone. Email, phone calls and text messages can provide many opportunities to connect.

Video chats: Many devices have web cameras now. With programs such as FaceTime, you can connect and see someone instantly. This can be a great way for distant family members to have a kind of face-to-face communication.

Websites: There are websites out there that are made for caregivers that come with ready-made tools to help with caregiving, such as online calendars that anyone in the caregiving circle can have access too.

With today’s technology, staying in touch and coordinating plans are easier than ever. It just takes knowing the resources available and figuring out which ways work best for your family.

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