During a health journey, patients and caregivers almost always need help, and family and friends would do almost anything to help. But human nature and feeling overwhelmed often make it hard for those in the thick of things ask for help. And it can be tricky for those wanting to help to know what is actually helpful.
In fact, in a recent survey of patients and caregivers using CaringBridge, 53% of those who responded said they could use help with food, chores, transportation and finances, but they very seldom asked. This simply should not be true … but from experience you are likely nodding in agreement.
With this in mind, the CaringBridge Planner has been newly organized and designed to bridge the gaps. With input from people like you, who have been on the receiving and giving ends of help, the Planner simplifies the process of making and accepting requests.
Patients and caregivers have been using the Planner to schedule transport to doctor appointments, coordinate grocery and/or meal delivery, arrange childcare, take care of pets, chores and errands, and even set up good times to stop by and say hello. Some families also are using it as a handy place for medication reminders.
For more details on how the Planner works, watch this 2-minute video or click the Ways to Help or Planner icons on the homepage of a CaringBridge site you update or follow.
With the goal for CaringBridge to always be as useful as possible, you also may be able to link or contribute to GoFundMe campaigns from the Ways to Help page.