Communities of Support: Staying Connected During Stressful Times
It is not always easy to ask for help or keep up with your network of support, even when you need them most. But you and your family don’t have to face challenges alone. The National MS Society has developed collaborative partnerships with two organizations whose sole missions are to reduce the feelings of isolation you and your family may experience during times of medical crisis.
Lotsa Helping Hands – When Family and Friends Need Help
Lotsa Helping Hands is a free web-based service that allows family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues – the community circle of a person with MS – to more easily assist with household tasks that can become a burden during times of medical crisis. It’s an easy-to-use, private group calendar, specifically designed for organizing helpers, where everyone can pitch in with meals delivery, rides, and other tasks necessary for life to run smoothly during times of medical crisis, or family caregiver exhaustion. It’s also a place to keep these ‘circles of community’ informed with status updates, photo galleries, message boards, and more.
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CaringBridge – Maintaining Connections
CaringBridge is a free one-stop shop that connects and updates communities of supporters on a person’s ongoing health status, treatment, surgeries, progress in therapies and recovery. A personalized CaringBridge website helps keep loved ones informed during difficult times. In return, family and friends give support through guestbook messages.
A personalized CaringBridge website allows families to:
- Journal about their treatment and recovery
- Ask for help with meals and transportation
- Receive love and support from family and friends
Every personalized CaringBridge website includes:
- Patient care journal
- Guestbook for messages
- Photo gallery
- Free online support for using the service