My uncle is in an independent living community that's far away from most of our family, and I'm worried about him feeling alone over the holidays. Is there anything I can do to help care for him from afar?

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There are a few things you can do as a long-distance caregiver to make your uncle feel less alone over the holidays. The first step is realizing that you are not alone. In fact, "almost 9 million of an estimated 43.5 million caregivers in the United States are left caring for an aging loved one from a distance" (Gallup Healthways Wellbeing Survey). 
Seniorly has created a couple of great articles on the topic of long-distance caregiving, that may inspire you with new ways to connect with your uncle. Check out this piece by one of our guest writers: https://www.seniorly.com/resources/articles/how-to-caregiving-from-afar 
This helpful infographic provides suggestions for caregiving over the holiday season: https://www.seniorly.com/resources/articles/caregiving-from-afar-infographic-style 
In particular, you may want to try phone or Skype calls to make your uncle feel more connected to family during this time of year. You can also ask friends near your uncle to go visit on your behalf. If you think he may benefit from being closer to family, you can consider moving him to a different community if he is up for it. Seniorly can help you find the perfect fit for your uncle by empowering you with the support and technology needed to make the most informed decision on senior housing options. 
Feel free to reach out to us by email at ask@seniorly.com or by phone at (415) 570-4370.


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