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Digital Tools Simplify Daily Tasks

Caring for a stroke survivor is complicated enough, so why not let a few easily accessible digital tools help you out? Ditch the day planner and pick up your PC to expedite communication and organization. These tools are free and were designed by caregivers just like you.

Social Networks Connect Communities

Over the past decade, a variety of social networks focused on personal health have developed. These sites exist as a place to share news and receive encouragement from family and friends, and also to allow patients to discuss their symptoms and treatment with those who have experienced the same health condition.

The value of a network of family and friends, even during the healthiest of times, is well established. So, when recovering from a stroke, reliance on your network of support for emotional, and sometimes physical, strength becomes even more important.

Social Sites for Stroke Survivors

  • Careverge connects you privately and anonymously to personalized tools, experts and communities to help you reach your health goals.
  • CaringBridge connects patients and caregivers with their current network of support, allowing the group to share, listen, and express their feelings in a safe and private space.
  • CureTogether brings patients around the world together to share quantitative information on over 500 medical conditions. They talk about sensitive symptoms and compare which treatments work best for them.
  • At DailyStrength you can share your story, join a support community and make friends online.
  • Inspire builds online health and wellness communities for patients and caregivers in partnership with national advocacy organizations.
  • At PatientsLikeMe you can share your health experiences in order to help yourself, other patients and organizations that focus on your conditions.

Online Calendars Coordinate Volunteers

Using a tool, like an online calendar, to organize helpful daily tasks can make it easier for individuals throughout your community to pitch in and help. Friends and family can browse tasks from doctor’s appointments to house chores and volunteer at their convenience.

10 Ideas for How People Can Help:

  • Bring a nutritious meal
  • Grocery shop
  • Offer a ride to the doctor
  • Mow lawn
  • Rake leaves
  • Shovel snow
  • Laundry
  • Provide child or pet care
  • Clean the house
  • Bring over a movie or game

By: Sona Mehring, founder and CEO of CaringBridge.org

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"Ditch the day planner and pick up your PC to expedite communication and organization."

CaringBridge

A 2010 survey showed that 91 percent of CaringBridge users said that it helped make their health journey easier and 88 percent said using CaringBridge positively impacted their healing process. Using a personal website like CaringBridge is one option for staying connected and receiving support – it can be especially useful when your family and friends are spread out across the country.

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