Senior Care Sometimes Takes Lotsa Helping Hands

Caring for a senior family member in-home is a daunting task, and one that is rarely accomplished alone. But many family caregivers find it awkward or difficult to ask for help. And the last thing an overworked and overwhelmed family caregiver needs is to drum up assistance and coordinate support. If you are a family member or friend and someone you care about needs help juggling daily chores, there is something you can do for them.

To this end, I really appreciate what the folks at Lots Helping Hands have built.

Lotsa Helping Hands was created to provide a family’s ‘circle of community’—friends, family, collegues, the tools to help manage daily tasks. Co-Founder and CEO Hal Chapel saw a need to help alleviate caregiver exhaustion and conceived of a place where friends and family can come together and easily coordinate needed support—free of charge.

By utilizing an intuitive group calendar, a community member can schedule support by volunteering to provide a meal, furnish transportation, or offer a visit. The system automatically sends reminders to volunteers.

Begin by creating a community and posting activities for which help is needed on a calendar and invite members to join.

I’ve used this service recently and was pleased to realize that, while helping to lighten a caregiver’s burden by providing a few meals and trips to the doctor’s office, I was thrilled to be part of a collective—a caregiving “neighborhood”. And if that good feeling of helping is strong enough, maybe caregiving is a career path you should consider.

Comments (3) -

  • Richard Elliott

    10/26/2011 12:57:20 PM | Reply

    As  the primary care giver for my late wife for about 10 years, I had to learn many lessons the hard way.  Probably the most important job I never did master was taking care of myself.  I always said I knew when it would be time to allow her to go to a nursing home but as the time got nearer, I probably  became less and less objective. Also, never trust anyone when they say "your insurance will take care of it." Consider a direct hire CNA: http://www.utahcareernews.com

  • Debby Franklin

    10/27/2011 2:55:58 PM | Reply

    What a great tool to assist in managing the care of a loved one!  If you are considering bringing in outside help you may find our blog article "8 Things You Should Know Before You Hire A Caregiver" helpful.  You can find the blog on our web site home page.

  • Susan

    10/28/2011 4:01:18 PM | Reply

    It is also nice to research the nursing homes in your area ahead of time, as nursing homes are an extension of hospital stays with Medicare paying for short-term stays only - Caregiverlist has the daily costs of nursing homes:  www.caregiverlist.com

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