wellist helps your friends help you with caregiving

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?

Ashley Reid founded Wellist to help you shorten your to-do list. Wellist helps your support network take over the little things so you can focus on what’s really important.

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.

Wellist is a young company, but they’ve got support from MGH Cancer Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Quest Diagnostics. Thanks to these partners, Wellist is free for users.

Create your Wellistry today and they’ll give you $15 to get you started.

Written by Cori Carl
As Director, Cori is an active member of the community and regularly creates resources for people providing care.

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  1. I completely understand Lisa. I’ve gone down to a 4 days per week work schedule hoping we can schedule most appointments on my day off. My husband is having some procedures done today, so I’ve needed to take yesterday off to help him prepare for today, and will need tomorrow off (potentially) to monitor the day after his procedure. My feeling is leaning towards guilt more than embarrassment. Hang in there. You are not alone.

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  2. Lisa, you must have read my mind. your comment reflects me to a tee. I have (for a year now) cancelled my appointments to take care and tend to my husbands appts. and needs. In doing this it leaves me second on the list of to do and I simply don’t have the energy for both. I don’t. I admit defeat. It’s like the blind leading the blind. The relief I get is we are lucky and fortunate enough to have our adult son living with us now. I’ve noticed in this last year however his anxiety has hit a record high. It’s simply unfair to him as he’s still a young man and needs a life. All while our oldest 2, ages 41 and 39 carry on as usual with their families. leaving little brother again to place his life on hold. They know he would never leave me alone in the situation we currently are in. It’s a sad thing when families don’t pull together. We were middle class and a large 401 and since the disabilities it’s like , hmm if you get what i’m saying. It’s heartbreaking to me. I’m even taken them of my advance care directive. not out of will but out of any part of my health decisions.

    Overnight we went from a fit family to a family with judgement, major financial changes, insurance, etc. overwhelming coupled with cat scans, mri’s eeg, all the tests after a stroke ….and then depression with the my husband and stress for myself and son. My husband started with the ‘pity’ shortly after the stroke. I would not pity that. Harsh? yes, He did nothing to improve his life before or after his stroke. sneaking snacks, not taking certain meds (he wanted to decide which ones he should take) not the doctors. It’s be and is challenging.

    Our oldest son’s are at a point that they have little to no contact with us and when they do it causes more stress.
    They want more to be done yet have NO solutions, won’t call or come to the doctor’s with us. Only negative feedback so I made a decision that if they can’t be positive they are not welcome here or calling.

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  3. Yes, we average 3 appointments every month, out of the area. I know that doesn’t sound like many, but I need to take time off work (sometimes a whole day at a time) and it really adds up. When I need an appointment, I’m embarrassed to ask for more time away.

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