Resource for Caregivers

Caregiver Elderly Couple - resizedGoing through life changing events like an illness or major surgery can be incredibly stressful. While friends and family want to help and offer support and encouragement, the constant phone calls, emails, and offers of help can be overwhelming. Likewise, trying to figure out meals, rides, and other daily routines you need help with during these stressful times can be quite a chore.

Luckily, there are websites that can help coordinate these activities between those directly in contact with the sick or injured person, and those who are trying to help. Many of these sites allow people to post what they need help with, updates on how things are going, and then also allow family and friends to volunteer, or select the things they’re willing to do, such as cooking meals, picking kids up from school, or taking people to appointments. People can also often leave words of encouragement for those who need to hear it. Here are a few sites that allow you to coordinate these activities during a time of need.

lotsahelpinghands.com
caringbridge.org
takethemameal.com

And here are some books from our collection that might be helpful resources for those caring for a loved one:

Cancer Caregiving A-Z: An at Home Guide for Patients and Families

The Comfort of Home. Stroke Edition: A Guide for Stroke Caregivers

Health and Healing After Traumatic Brain Injury: Understanding the Power of Family, Friends, Community, and Other Support Systems

The Caregiver’s Companion: Caring for your Loved One Medically, Financially, and Emotionally While Caring for Yourself

The Alzheimer’s Caregiving Puzzle: Putting Together the Pieces

Nate is a former employee that worked in the Red Carpet area. He wrote many senior services and sports related posts for the library.