Long distance care plans 'need careful consideration'

Posted on 09 August 2011

Those thinking about being involved in long term care plans for elderly family members who live a distance away may want to consider the implications emerging from a new US study.

Lack of control and information are common problems experienced by caregivers that live a long distance away from loved ones with advanced cancer, according to research by Case Western Reserve University.

Emotional difficulties concerned with selecting the right time to visit family members, as well as limited finances for travel, were also prominent trends.

However, most caregivers felt it was important to stay connected, suggesting that responsibilities do not stop at simply paying for care for most people.

Earlier this month, a report by the Royal Society of Medicine suggested that the UK and Ireland have some of the most effective elderly care systems in the developed world.

The NHS saves more lives for each pound spent as a proportion of national wealth than any other country, apart from Ireland.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

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