The list of things that need to happen when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness is huge…and keeps changing. There’s so much research to be done, doctors chosen, appointments scheduled, records requested, insurance disputes, disability claims, trips to the pharmacy, someone to pick you up after appointments. Your life is taken over by the endless task of coordinating care.
But the world doesn’t pause after diagnosis.
When I ask caregivers how we can better support them, the answer is always ‘come clean my house.’
The laundry keeps piling up, the dog still needs to be walked, the utilities need to be paid, the kids still need rides to parties and someone to make dinner. What about work? How are you going to pay for all of this?
One of the biggest issues faced by family caregivers is that you don’t know what other people can help you with — and people who want to help you don’t know how.
This not knowing what to do makes things more stressful for everyone — and can have serious consequences. A strong social network of family and friends provides patients with a level of care that can’t be matched by social workers and home health aides.
Forty percent of health outcomes can be attributed to social and economic factors, like safe housing and healthy food. “If you can’t get ride to your appointment, you can’t get your cancer treatment,” explains Reid. Wellist is your key to non-clinical care.
Wellist addresses those factors two ways: by connecting caregivers and patients to reliable service providers and helping them get the financial support they need.
Caregivers don’t always know what they’ll need until they need it, leaving them to scramble to find service providers. Doctors are restricted from recommending for-profit services, so patients and caregivers are left to wade through listings on their own. Wellist solves both of these problems by helping patients and their families understand what services they might need and providing verified listings with reviews from other patients.
Once caregivers have figured out what services they need, there’s still the matter of paying for it. Wellist makes it easy to share a list of the services needed so friends and family can make donations. All of the money donated — 100% — goes directly to the patient.
Covering the cost of parking or make sure groceries get delivered is something that’s easy for loved ones to chip in for. People want to help and are happy to know what you need. And it’s one less thing for you to worry about.