Richmond, VA (PRWEB) April 16, 2013
Lift Caregiving, a free, online resource for family caregivers, and HCA Virginia, Virginia’s largest hospital system that operates 13 hospitals and more than a dozen outpatient centers in the Commonwealth, are bringing new tools to family caregivers. This partnership will help families of HCA Virginia patients navigate the discharge process and connect with service providers and resources that can support them with their caregiving responsibilities once they leave the hospital.
As an online resource serving family caregivers, Liftcaregiving.com focuses on providing support and information to individuals trying to navigate the often confusing role of caregiver to a family member. The website offers articles written by experts, a caregiver message board and proven products that can help with daily life. The site also features helpful online tools such as Family Ties, a free care management tool, developed to help caregivers manage the care of their loved one and a database of local and national service providers (https://www.liftcaregiving.com/local-resources/).
“At HCA Virginia, we want to help our patients and their families plan and make informed decisions. We believe that supporting the family caregiver will help foster healthier families overall,” said Carolyn Hamilton, Director of Case Managers for HCA Virginia.
The suite of online tools (https://www.liftcaregiving.com/tools/) that is available to HCA Virginia patients includes:
Decisions at Discharge Planning Guide: This tool helps family caregivers identify and connect with service providers such as in-home nursing care and meal delivery services in their area.
Care Lounge Community: This virtual community helps family caregivers connect with professionals and other caregivers to ask questions, engage in discussions, seek best practices and alleviate the isolation that sometimes comes with caring for a family member.
The Advice Library: This suite of articles written by physicians, caregivers and caregiving professionals helps family caregivers learn more and get tips for caring for an aging or ailing family member.
“More and more families are caring for aging loved ones,” said Katie Gilstrap, co-founder of Lift Caregiving. “Lift wants to help family caregivers find the resources and solutions that can help them manage the care of their loved one while also building their circle of support.”
Access to these tools is available in discharge packets, patient waiting areas, physicians’ offices and imaging centers.
About Lift Caregiving
Lift Caregiving is a free website serving family caregivers, offering expert advice, proven products, helpful tools and a database of local and national service providers. Lift Caregiving was recently recognized as Best Caregiver Website by Seniorhomes.com and was a finalist in the Virginia Healthcare Innovator Awards. For more information, visit liftcaregiving.com, twitter.com/liftcaregiving (@liftcaregiving) or facebook.com/liftcaregiving.
About HCA Virginia
HCA Virginia is the largest Healthcare system in Virginia. It operates 13 hospitals and over a dozen outpatient centers and is affiliated with some 3,000 physicians. Its hospitals include Chippenham Hospital, Johnston-Willis Hospital, Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Parham Doctors’ Hospital, Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, John Randolph Medical Center and Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center in Central Virginia; LewisGale Medical Center, LewisGale Hospital at Alleghany, LewisGale Hospital at Montgomery and LewisGale Hospital at Pulaski in Southwest Virginia (the LewisGale Regional Health System); and Reston Hospital and Dominion Hospital in Northern Virginia. HCA Virginia is one of Virginia’s largest employers. It provides approximately $100 million in charity care to uninsured patients each year.