This is a guest post by Heather Taylor. Taylor is a freelance writer, consultant and radio producer. Since January 2011, she’s also happily served as a job coach in the AARP Foundation WorkSearch Program, helping adults aged 50+ who are unemployed, underemployed or career-changers to find satisfying work. You can follow her on twitter at @findingthejobs.
Stressed out. Overwhelmed. Isolated.
Too often, that’s what family caregivers experience, as they try to do everything themselves. And while family members and friends want to help, often they don’t know what to do.
Luckily, today there’s a great resource for family caregivers and those who care about them, says National Family Caregivers Association President and Co-Founder Suzanne Mintz. That’s because of a free online service calledLotsa Helping Hands. Established by former caregiver Barry Katz and his best friend, Hal Chapel, Lotsa Helping Hands provides a simple and effective way for caregivers to get the support they need, with just the click of a button. It works like this:
- Caregivers go to a secure site on the web, where they create an online community and post information about their volunteer needs.
- Caregivers (or their helpers) extend invitations to people who want to help volunteer.
- Volunteers invited to join the caregiver community respond by signing up for any number of caregiver requests, from making dinners to providing rides to medical appointments.
Lotsa Helping Hands gives the caregiver’s community “the tools to get the job done.”
So if you’re a family caregiver who wants to create a community of volunteers, or you’re a family, friend or colleague who wants to help ease the workload of a caregiver, learn more about the free service.
You can learn more information about caregiving HERE.