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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Caregiving at a Distance

Caregiving at a Distance

(p.391) 33 Caregiving at a Distance
Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Michael Parker

Wesley Church

Ronald Toseland

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines caregiving at a distance. It aims to equip social workers and other human service providers with information that can be used to prepare and empower families who are geographically separated from their care recipients. First, it examines research on distant caregiving to provide an evidence-based context for interventions and an overview of key issues faced by distant caregivers. Second, it identifies general guidelines, resources, and related issues and questions inherent in the practice literature. It describes an intervention program designed for distant caregivers, which has shown promising results in a clinical trial with military families and in a feasibility study with two faith-based communities. The chapter supplies important techniques and non Web-based and Web-based resources from this program that can be used by practitioners in their work with this population, and concludes with a focus on how professionals can help caregivers assess the merits of the growing number of Web-based resources.

Keywords:   caregivers, long distance caregiving, aging, elderly, social work practice

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