When You Want to Help

Whether you are a neighbor who wants to help, or a spouse, helping someone get through cancer can be difficult. Here are some resources to help you reach out.

Lotsa Helping Hands

Provides a simple way for friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to pitch in with meals delivery, rides and other tasks necessary for life to run smoothly during a crisis. It uses a free easy-to-use, private group calendar, specifically designed for organizing helpers.

Red Cross Offers Caregiving Guide

The American Red Cross is offering a guide and a DVD to help families deal with the challenges of caring for a loved one who has a long-term illness or limited mobility. Family Caregiving is a quick reference guide with a companion DVD designed to assist caregivers by providing the best medical, nutritional and financial care. Among the topics covered are basic caregiving skills, home safety, healthy meal planning, and dealing with financial and legal issues. The guide also includes charts for recording vital signs and medications, as well as an emergency contact card. The DVD includes easy-to-follow demonstrations of first aid for some of the most common emergencies, such as choking, stroke and heart attack. For more information, please visit: www.redcross.org

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