A Social Worker's Guide to Caring Pages

August 31, 2016
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What are Caring Pages?

Social support in times of need caring pages can be an invaluable resource. 51% of cancer patients ranked emotional support as more important than medical or practical services. Caring pages are online spaces to share updates about your life during a time of crisis. They provide a bridge between a patient and their support group. Anyone can create a diary of their experiences and share it with a selected audience all at once. In fact, this tool does a great job addressing some of the problems with sharing information on social media. They also provide a way for supporters to offer words of encouragement. These features make them one of the best tools for social workers.

Why Use Caring Pages?

Journaling can be an especially effective form of therapy.

 

More than 40% of cancer patients feel that they are not getting enough support from health and social services after leaving the hospital. 

From a patient's perspective, the benefits of caring pages are numerous:

The websites are designed with patients in mindJournaling helps with any pain they may be experiencingSharing with an audience helps to build social support and reduces the toll of repeating their experiences ad nauseamFollowers' words of encouragement can be an invaluable source of support

Data supports the claim that journaling can improve the lives of those who have experienced a traumatic event. Studies have found that journaling is correlated with reduction in stress levels.

How to Use Caring Pages as a Social Worker

Having access to your patients' journals can improve communication and understanding. Some of the benefits of using a caring page are listed below:

Quickly, easily, and efficiently receive updates on your patients' status

Simply check your patient's journal to learn about any major event in their life that they've written about. Save them the experience of repeating the story and access an update anytime and anywhere. You can even respond to their updates digitally if the situation calls for it.

Take the Reins

Your patient may want to update their supports but be unable to. When they are too fatigued or busy to update, do it for them (with their permission, of course). Reason number six in this blog post does a wonderful job of explaining the benefit of this: updating your patient's status while they cannot keeps their followers aware of their situation, often during worrying times.

Learn More About Your Patient

Seeing how others help your patient can give insight into what methods your patient is seeking. Also, this allows you to coordinate efforts with their existing support network. Lastly, caring pages allow you to gain perspective on how your patient reacts to different forms of encouragement by exploring the comments section.

Summary

Caring pages, such as CaringBridge, are a great way to easily provide the support that patients have reported lacking. Caring pages allow you to open more channels of support and improve their lives. Going this extra mile to show support can mean the world to the patients you care about.

Another useful method for supporting patients? Wellist. Wellist allows you to create a directory of non-clinical services for your patient. It even has a registry feature, so that your patient can crowdsource the funds necessary to pay for these services.

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