Caring for an Adult Who Lives Far Away (Long Distance Caregivers)

Caregiver Support is a Phone Call Away

Talk to caring people for practical caregiving information and help finding local resources/services.

Contact your local Family Caregiver Support Program.

There are many ways to help a loved one when you don’t live nearby.

Whether you are concerned that someone needs to check in on your mom from time to time or an uncle has become too frail and needs care services, there are many things long distance caregivers can do.

Finding Care Services Outside of Washington State

  • The Eldercare Locator helps long-distance caregivers access resources and services in any state. Go to the Eldercare Locator to search for services and links to other programs. 

    You can also call them toll-free at 1-800 677-1116 between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM Eastern time, Monday through Friday, to talk to an Eldercare Information Specialist.

  • BenefitsCheckUp is a free, on-line service that lets you screen for federal, state, and some local public and private benefits for any state. Visit the Benefits Checkup website.


  • The Handbook for Long-Distance Caregivers from The Family Caregiver Alliance. Learn more about how to assess your loved one’s care situation, develop a care team, hold a family meeting, access community organizations and private agencies, and balance work and caregiving.
  • So Far Away: Twenty Questions for Long-Distance Caregivers from The National Institutes of Health is a list of answers to the most commonly asked questions of long distance caregivers.
  • Lotsa Helping Hands – “What can I do to help?” Create a free web site to help organize family and friends who want to help.