Lotsa Helping Hands offers free tools designed to make life easier for caregivers and volunteers. The hallmark of the service is the caregiver-focused help Calendar, which enables members to schedule and sign up for tasks that provide respite for the caregiver including meals for the family, rides to medical appointments, and visits. Members can also communicate with one another through message boards, post personal blogs, share photos, and send well wishes to the family. And Coordinators can safely store and retrieve vital information for the family – from medical and health records to financial and legal documents. Caregivers benefit from the gifts of much needed help, emotional support, and peace of mind, while volunteers find meaning in giving back to those in need.

Tools

Lotsa Helping Hands offers the most robust and easy-to-use tools and services available today to make life easier for caregivers, volunteers and those in need.

a. Calendar: Our easy to use help Calendar enables Members to schedule and sign up for tasks that provide respite for the caregiver including meals for the family, rides to medical appointments, and visits. Coordinators can post tasks that require help so volunteers can easily see what's needed. Regular reminders are sent to
volunteers so that no one forgets their commitments.

b. Community Building Features: We understand that Members spend a lot of time in their Lotsa Communities so we've made our Community web sites easy to use and even easier to customize. Members can communicate with one another through Message Boards, post personal blogs, share photos, and send Well Wishes to the family.

c. Custom Sections: A powerful and efficient tool for caregivers, Custom Sections add a little something extra to your Community. Add a 'Donate' tab or a section for special recipes or a personal blog.

d. Photo Gallery: Your Photo Gallery in your Lotsa Community is the perfect place to share invaluable snapshots along your caregiving journey. Post or view personal photos in your Community and share a memory or milestone.

e. Message Boards: The Message Board is the best place to connect and keep up with members of your Community. Both Members and Coordinators can post anything they wish to share, or comment on a post and start a conversation.

f. Well Wishes: The soul of your caring Community, Well Wishes is the place to drop a line to say hello, post a prayer or let the family you are helping know that you're thinking about them.

g. Calendar Notes: Need to keep track of important dates or milestones? Add notes to your calendar to remind everyone of the important dates that you simply don't want to forget such as birthdays, anniversaries and more.

h. Events: Organize items in your help Calendar into Events. Easily coordinate events that require multiple volunteers or that span many days, such as a Fundraiser or clean-up day. Organizing, scheduling and volunteering has never been easier!

i. Vital Information Feature: Keep important information in one place. Use the Vital Information section to store details about medications, doctors, allergies, insurance, and anything else safely and securely. The Coordinator can make this information available to the entire Community or to select Members, such as the immediate family.

j. Groups and Permissions: For easier organization and enhanced privacy, put select Members into one group and adjust their privacy and permissions. Individual Members and/or Groups of Members may be granted different permissions forviewing and signing up for specific Activities, as well as permissions for viewing and posting to various Community Sections. Stay organized in your Community by sharing the right stuff with the right people.

k. Open Communities: Capture the power of your Community. Create or find an Open Community in a local town or neighborhood where people who need help can ask for it, and those who want to volunteer can jump in and offer their helping hands. Ask for help, volunteer, make a difference.

 

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