As the month of November comes to an end, so too comes the end of National Family Caregivers Month. The first National Family Caregivers Week was celebrated in 2004 by The National Family Caregivers Association, and in 2007, President Clinton signed the first presidential proclamation designating the entire month of November National Family Caregivers Month. Every president since 2004 has continued signing the proclamation recognizing the attributes of caregivers.
In reality, most family caregivers will not even get a day off from their duties. Many caregivers are not able to get even a few hours a month away from fulfilling their much needed roles.
The National Family Caregivers Association, as you may have read in previous posts has many initiatives to improve the lives of patients and caregivers. On this last day of November, it is my pleasure to present another one of their ingenious programs.
About the NFCA:
The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) empowers family caregivers to take action that will improve their life and the life of their loved one by providing them with support, education, and a public voice. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all those who care for a loved one with a chronic illness, disability, or the frailties of old age.
Lotsa Helping Hands is a service that allows family members to develop and organize a circle of helping hands who want to volunteer their time in helping to care for a person in need of care. The premise is simple, as a Coordinator, (the person who is the primary caregiver most often – or a friend assisting the caregiver) uses a free of charge, web-based service with pre-made templates to design schedules for those who are ready to volunteer. Lotsa Helping Hands has an awesome website designed to walk you through this process. It truly is a stoke of genius and could really be so helpful.
If you have friends who are caregivers please share this website – it could bring amazing organization to a caregivers life as well as provide better care for those needing a helping hand. pkp
Lotsa Helping Hands was created to support family caregivers and volunteers by empowering their circles of community who are eager to help those in need.
Our mission is to provide the communication resources facilitating a world where caregivers feel empowered to ask for help, and in so doing, improve their own health and quality-of-life; volunteers can become part of the solution when family, friends, neighbors or colleagues are in need of help, and community becomes a recognized way to find meaning in both giving and receiving.
Lotsa Helping Hands Story
We created Lotsa Helping Hands after witnessing four years of awe-inspiring community support and response to a family member’s serious medical crisis. Seeing how earnestly friends wanted to help, and juggling the difficulty of organizing their assistance, we designed Lotsa Helping Hands with the understanding of how to bring together a variety of social circles and what a resulting community like this would need. Lotsa Helping Hands is easy to use and requires no training for either the Coordinator who creates the community or the members who participate.
Lotsa Helping Hands Commitment to Philanthropy
Because Lotsa Helping Hands was inspired by the outpouring of support during our own caregiving experiences, we have a strong commitment to giving back, ourselves. We support the nonprofit sector and align with national organizations who offer our service to their members and constituents. We donate pro bono expertise and financial resources to the nonprofit organizations we serve.
What to Do Next
Choose a coordination service that might be right for you and your circles of community. Learn more about how it works or create your own community today.
What Does Lotsa Helping Hands Provide?
In moments, a coordinator can create, free of charge, a private and secure Lotsa Helping Hands web community, define volunteer activities using the supplied templates, and begin inviting members to the community. Through an intuitive interface that requires no training, volunteers can then easily view and sign up for any number of available tasks, review their current commitments, and be confident they won’t forget any assignments as the system automatically sends out email reminders of upcoming obligations.
For more information visit the following website. Lotsa Helping Hands