If you’re a family who coordinates with family members looking to help out, you know more than anyone how hard it can be to get everyone on the same page.
From keeping track of everyone’s availability to designating key caregiving responsibilities,
for your loved one may be more difficult than you expected. Not to mention, relaying from to various family members can feel like you’re playing a game of telephone tag.While
can be very stressful for family , as well as the other supportive family members involved; there is a way that you as your loved one’s primary can take and ensure that your loved one has the best moving forward.
A site can help you and your family members provide to your loved one. It provides a stronger sense of clarity for everyone involved in the caregiving process.
Additionally, it’s a platform that can help send out an SOS during an emergency or health crisis.
While sharing caregiving responsibilities with family members can be tough, creating and sharing a Try holding a family with the family members interested in providing care for your loved one - and stress the importance of utilizing a site moving forward. site with them can be a great starting point for everyone involved.
Caringbridge.com is free and easy to use. Sites like these require the to set up their own site by connecting via Google or Facebook. The sites and their privacy settings - can be personalized for your caregiving community. with sites like
Once the site is active, you can invite members, provide updates, request support, maintain a calendar and journal, access resources, and even add personal messages, photos, and videos that are all sharable. A special “what to say” section provides insight on what to write when words are difficult to find.
You can customize the
It can also store key information pertaining to their:
site to act as a for your loved one’s or .
surrounding a or
The received from those
Prescribed medications and supplements
A list of hospital visits and
best suited for your loved one
Having all of this information stored in one place can help inform your loved one’s and essentially act as an informative for you and your other family members when trying to find any -related information about your loved one.
Remember that the information included can be customized to what you and your family members are looking to get out of . For example, if you had a bad experience with one of your loved one’s , you can make note of that in the site by stating that the requires .
Another way to personalize your site is to use tags like , , low-risk, and low-quality, to label different pieces of information within the site. The site is meant to be a fun and interactive way for you and your family members to connect over your loved one’s .
There are several benefits of using a site with family members that are looking to be kept in the loop regarding your loved one’s health.
Instead of informing each family member separately via telephone about your loved one’s next doctor’s appointment, you can simply update the site to reflect their current schedule.
Your family members can then be kept up-to-date on that appointment and any other information regarding your loved one that was added to the site.
To create your very own caregiving site, here are four simple steps to follow:
Register your email address
Create a personalized site name
Choose privacy settings to determine who can visit the site
Begin posting updates and allow others to contribute
Being a family requires you to be and organized, especially when it comes to your loved one’s medical information.
Organizing accurate information about your loved one’s , go-to , and overall in one place saves time and curbs miscommunication. It also helps develop a supportive for your loved one by putting an in place that everyone can follow. Your loved one deserves the best , , and possible.
A site can be customized with your loved one’s preferences in mind. You can customize the style, , information you include, and the people you share your site with.
Caregiving can be tricky. However, if you’re worried about as it pertains to your loved one, then via a site can make you and your family’s life a whole lot easier.
While the to using to coordinate a for you and your family members may be different at first, it’s important to stress the importance of why having a in place matters in the long run.
Developing a site where most if not all of your loved one’s information can live will help you and your family members act like in providing care for your loved one.
By simply checking the caregiving site for updates, any family member who has access to the site can be updated on your loved one’s whereabouts and health.
Elyse Dasko is a communications strategist specializing in age tech and digital health. She previously led communications for GreatCall (Now Lively), helping to develop their strategic partnerships and build visibility for both the organization and the longevity economy. Elyse has strong relationships in the aging/longevity space with leading nonprofits, including AARP, the American Society on Aging, and the National Alliance for Caregiving, and established a council of nationally prominent leaders in the family caregiving space (Family Caregiver Council).
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