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Caregiver website helps friends lend helping hands

October 25, 2012

Just the other day, I was talking with my friend Joan who was recently diagnosed with cancer.  At 60, she works part-time and also manages the upkeep of her suburban home.  Her husband, Bill, 65, a self-employed professional, runs a small company.

The cancer diagnosis numbed them.  They both focused on her treatment and getting her well again. But she worried more about him than she did about herself.   The doctors would take care of her—but who would take care of him?

Joan’s friends and neighbors were rallying to help the couple, but their requests soon became overwhelming.  Offers to drive her to chemotherapy, deliver dinners, and go grocery shopping were pouring in, but she was too tired and too sick to manage a schedule.  And her husband Bill, who now had the role of caregiver, was beleaguered by what to do with all of the offers.

Then Joan learned about Lotsahelpinghands.com, a website for caregivers.  She knew her husband wouldn’t want to manage the tasks.  However, she saw there was an option for others to “run the community”, so she sent her sister an email and asked her to be the “community coordinator”.  The website did the rest, and everything else fell into place.

 Lotsa Helping Hands™ is  a simple, web-based portal that allows friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to assist loved ones in need.  It’s an easy-to-use, private group calendar, specifically designed for organizing helpers.  It provides a space where everyone can pitch in with meals delivery, rides, and other tasks necessary for life to run smoothly during times of medical crisis, end-of-life caring, or family caregiver exhaustion. It’s also a place to keep these “circles of community” informed with status updates, photo galleries, message boards, and more.

There are so many terrific options and ways to personalize the site that they all can’t be explained in one review, so here are some highlights.  It is all done through email, so the caregiver should have the Community Coordinator’s email handy to pass out to volunteers.

Lotsa Helping Hands:

  • Can be private.  Even though it’s a website, users can create a private community, where only people the Coordinator invite can be members and sign up for tasks.
  • Has a wonderful calendar.  It’s easy to use, offers step by step instructions for everyone within the community.  This superb design is totally streamlined and seamless.
  • Includes disease specific support groups.  The site partners with more than 50 of the nation’s non-profit organizations, so caregiver support group information is at the users’ fingertips.
  • Contains a comprehensive Resources and Help sections with simple directions to assist members with their caregiving questions and site navigation.

So if you are a caregiver, Lotsa Helping Hands is a great tool for your tool kit.  If you know a caregiver, it’s a great free gift to bestow upon that person.  And if you’re like me, who just hasn’t arrived at the caregiver role yet, Lotsa Helping Hands is a site to be placed in your important papers file.

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One Comment
  1. Love this – caregivers are often the forgotten heroes when a loved one is affected by cancer. Oftentimes, their own emotional pain and stress is overshadowed by the patient, but that doesn’t mean that one is fighting a battle that is worse than the other.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Best,

    Sunny and Take Back Teal
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