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Family Caregivers in Crisis Have New Hope
Date:12/5/2007

CareGiverHelper Offers Tools and Resources to Coordinate Care

NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Chronic health conditions among seniors have emerged as a major cause of stress and functional dependency among Americans. In fact, over 44 million caregivers in America are in a silent crisis; overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for a chronically ill, disabled or elderly family member. These families face a multitude of problems from providing the most basic of daily living activities such as feeding, bathing, and transportation, to coordinating medications, medical appointments, dealing with financial responsibilities and more.

The bulk of care giving traditionally falls to one family member, usually the spouse or adult child. Moving from crisis to crisis, the caregiver can fall prey to physical and emotional illness as well as financial devastation.

"America's 44 million family caregivers have seen their out of pocket expenses double in just three years to $5500. The burden of care giving even spills over into the workplace resulting in lost productivity, tardiness and absenteeism which costs employers $33 billion annually" said Steven Dworkin, President of CareGiverHelper. "We're offering families an easy way to organize and share critical information on a FREE secure online platform. This makes it easier to coordinate care among family members which can help avoid burn-out and the premature institutionalization of a loved one."

At CareGiverHelper.com families can put all their support information in one place: contact numbers of doctors and caregivers, medications and dosages, a common calendar with appointment reminders, and events such as birthdays or anniversaries. There is also a place to store medical, legal, insurance and other pertinent documents. CareGiverHelper streamlines the organization and communication between family caregivers facilitating daily activities, emergencies and long term planning.

Resource communities provide information on specific health related topics such as diabetes, Alzheimer's, heart disease and cancer and as well as providing answers to difficult questions like "when do I take the car keys away from mom?" Finding resources, seeking expert help, communicating and sharing encouragement with peers are all benefits of these focused communities.

"We are thrilled to be working with organizations of the caliber of Defeat Diabetes Foundation, Association of Jewish Family and Children's Agencies, Health Labs International and Safe Homes for Seniors. We anticipate adding more resource communities in the future. We also encourage businesses to make CareGiverHelper available to their employees to reduce stress on caregivers and increase productivity at work" said Jonathan Quint, CTO.

About CareGiverHelper

CareGiverHelper, Inc. was born out of a personal need founders Steven Dworkin and Jonathan Quint who had to coordinate care for a family member. Their ideas evolved into the establishment of a social networking platform solution for the family caregiver marketplace. CareGiverHelper now builds and manages privately branded social networking sites for non-profit and for-profit affinity organizations.

In partnership with CareGiverHelper, companies and organizations can offer their members access to care giving resources and tools for coordinating vital information with family members and caregivers.

CareGiverHelper is offered through affinity partner organizations FREE to families. It is supported by sponsorships and advertising.

http://www.CareGiverHelper.com


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