Dannelle speaks with Shaika Alothman about empowering all family caregivers through easy access to resources and expertise in a peer-to-peer fashion. You’ll learn about why current and former caregivers can be a great resource to others in a similar position and how the future of caregiving can be a place of innovation and connection.
“I want to communicate through my work to family caregivers that you actually matter, and your expertise is actually valued. We can see the weight that you bring to the table.” – Shaikha Alothman
1. Many family caregivers minimize their roles and experience because their work has not reached a level of intensity that they correlate with being a caregiver. If you know of someone providing care, support them in their efforts no matter what part of the journey they are on.
2. Caregiving has a history of being stuck from breaking barriers in the ways many other industries have been able to innovate. If you are a developer, consider creating tech resources and communication spaces for caregivers to receive resources and support.
3. If you are seeking support and resources to provide more effective care, check out Haus of Care.
4. If you are an entrepreneur, consider creating innovative social causes that are sustainable. There are ways to create supportive resources, while still being profitable.
5. Caregivers have so much expertise to share. Create spaces for family caregivers to step in and lead. This could be through in-person support groups in medical settings or community centers, or even though social media pages.
Shaika is the Co-Founder and CEO of Haus of Care, a company that utilizes the overlooked resource of family caregivers to support other caregivers in a peer-to-peer fashion. The system is a free web and mobile platform that “matches” caregivers and then allows them to communicate with each other to provide non-medical home-care guidance.
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