Are you one of the 45 million americans who is taking care of one of your parents, or an elderly adult? It’s a very tough job, and can be financially draining too.
The Wall Street Journal recently had a great article with social networks and websites that may be able to make it easier. They may be able to give the primary caretaker a much-needed break, other members of the family or friends who want to help out can easily take a turn. And it may even save you some money. Some of the websites have interactive features, like a calendar – everyone can see if they can take a shift. Or maybe drive grandma to her doctor’s appointment on a certain day. Here are some of the sites 'the Journal' highlighted:
CareCentral: When someone volunteers, it makes note and will email reminders. Keeps a "news feed" (like facebook).
Lotsa Helping Hands: Share financial, legal or medical documents (ONLY with certain people) and allows discussions.
eCare Diary: Keeps a care diary, so you can see who will help out, and when. Also links to diseases, assisted-living facilities and home-health agencies.
CaringBridge. Accessible directly or through hospitals, this service helps families communicate efficiently with friends and relatives, via technology including blogs and message boards.
CarePages: Includes places to post photographs, blogs and messages and receive feedback.