Caregivers need to find ways to manage their stress this holiday season and you, as family and friends of a caregiver, can use holiday gatherings to help them do this. But first you need to open the door to a conversation with the caregiver about how they are doing. Here are tips for them to get this conversation going and allowing the love and support to flow.

Here’s the last of 6 tips: taking that circle of support you created and turning that into chores done and free time for your caregiver.

6) Offer to help them explore the possibilities of using a caresite ( i.e. a free, easy to set up and easy to use website that helps caregivers get the support they need in the ways they want it).

6 tips to support caregiversOver the past several years, a new valuable tool has emerged to help caregivers. I call these caresites. They are free websites that are very easy to set up and use. The main ones are Lotsa Helping Hands, Caring Bridge, and Carepages.

These sites allow caregivers to decided how private or open they want the site to be.

They also allow caregivers to easily let people know what is going on, what they need and when and how they need it to be provided. They offer a help calendar where all the caregiver needs to do is post the task (e.g. driving the children to their after school activities) that needs to be done and people can sign up for it directly on the site. It gets these thing handles while eliminating the need for phone calls and emails and frees up the caregiver for the things that are more important to do.

Another wonderful thing these caresites do is offer a way for people who care about the person being cared for and the caregiver to post messages (and prayers) of love, healing support and encouragement.

Want to know more? Read the rest of the tips here.