“All of us in the caregiving community were struck by the landmark study conducted a year ago by UnitedHealth Foundation and the National Alliance for Caregiving. * According to the study, caregivers of veterans bear a heavier burden when compared to caregivers nationally. In fact, they provide care to loved ones for a longer period of time and report a higher level of stress and physical strain. At Lotsa Helping Hands, we are committed to providing solutions to these caregivers through our service and hope it gives respite and relief to our nation’s military families,” says Hal Chapel, Co-Founder and CEO.
The company’s first partner for its military and veterans channel, Wounded Warrior Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org), is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP provides resources for wounded warriors and their families within the private online community, My Care Crew, powered by Lotsa Helping Hands.
Lotsa Helping Hands is a free service and includes an intuitive group calendar for community members to schedule and sign up for tasks that provide respite for the family caregiver including meal delivery, rides to medical appointments, and visits; customizable sections that facilitate communication among community members, such as posting photos, well wishes, and message boards; and a vital information section giving the family the ability to securely store and retrieve vital health data, emergency contacts, medications, and legal and financial records for designated members of the community.
Additionally, as part of National Family Caregivers month, the company is also providing Ten Tips to Celebrate this November (http://mediafiles.lotsahelpinghands.com/
About Lotsa Helping Hands
Lotsa Helping Hands, a social entrepreneurial company, was created to support family caregivers by empowering their family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues who are eager to help with the daily tasks that become a challenge during times of medical crisis or caregiver exhaustion. The service allows for the creation of private community web sites for free at http://www.lotsahelpinghands.com. The service was created with a real-life understanding of how to bring together a variety of social circles and what the resulting group as a whole might need. Today, there are more than 750,000 members who have participated in Lotsa Helping Hands communities.
*Caregivers of Veterans – Serving on the Homefront, Report of Study Findings, November 2010.
Editors Note: Lotsa Helping Hands executive team available for interviews.