Senior Care Sometimes Takes Lotsa Helping Hands 25. October 2011 0 Senior Caregiving, Caregiving Issues (3) 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.