Long-Distance Caregiving: Personal Realities and Practice Implications


  • Marcia P. Harrigan Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Beverly B. Koerin Virginia Commonwealth University


The National Council on Aging (NCOA) reported in 1997 that approximately seven million individuals were long-distance caregivers for older adults and projected that number to double within 15 years (Wagner, 1997). This article presents narrative profiles of two long-distance caregivers; the "lived experiences" of the authors examine common challenges of long-distance caregiving, compare aspects of the lived experience to data from national studies, and provides suggestions for long-distance caregivers and professionals who work with both care recipients and caregivers.


How to Cite

Harrigan, M. P., & Koerin, B. B. (2014). Long-Distance Caregiving: Personal Realities and Practice Implications. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 13(2), 5–16. Retrieved from https://reflectionsnarrativesofprofessionalhelping.org/index.php/Reflections/article/view/988



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