Being a long-distance caregiver for an extended period of time can be stressful and place a heavy burden on all areas of your life. One of your first reactions may be to minimize the distance and move your family member to where you live or uproot your life and move to where they live. Before you make this decision, consider first whether this move may be more disruptive and stressful for everyone involved than caregiving from a distance.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Are you prepared to have your family member live with you in your home? What would this arrangement look like? Will your house need to be adapted or renovated to meet their health needs? How can you ensure that everyone has some degree of privacy? How do the other people in your home feel about this change? How compatible are everyone’s different lifestyles, eating schedules, sleeping habits, etc.?