Caregiver Service, Free Online Support for Caregivers.
ExtendaTouch provides peer connections for an entirely free, safe, and confidential online caregiver service. We assist by pairing caregivers with the same highly specific and sensitive issues at critical moments.
Caregiving usually begins with unexpected events. New caregivers find themselves unprepared, uninformed, and unequipped to handle the myriad of new responsibilities. Long term caregivers suffer from isolation and stress that often causes them to neglect their own health and die before their care recipients.
We will provide partnership opportunities with the thousands of established associations, organizations, and services that currently assist many caregivers. The members of these groups can generously provide knowledge, support and assistance reciprocally to ExtendaTouch caregivers.
With so many caregivers needing additional assistance, we are pursuing expanded caregiver support with a sense of urgency. ExtendaTouch will assume the challenge of relevantly matching caregivers who engage in supporting care-recipients with critical or chronic issues. Millions of caregivers have a fundamental reason to gain access to other caregivers in times of crisis, particularly now with Covid-19 adding an additional burden. ExtendaTouch focuses on supporting those caregivers with rapid, multiple connections.
At ExtendaTouch, more experienced and informed caregivers share their information, tips and lessons learned with less-experienced caregivers. New caregivers can review the information that they acquire with their medical practitioners and then share their knowledge with others who have similar needs. Long-term caregivers who suffer from isolation, lack of self-care, and mental health issues will find emotional support and a lifesaving connection.
According to a new AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) report, “more than 1 in 5 adults - a total of 53 million adult Americans - are now unpaid family caregivers... Boomers are pivoting from taking care of friends and loved ones to needing care. Now their children and grandchildren are stepping up.”
Start by selecting a word. Subjects with a down arrow next to the word indicates sub-topics for further refinement. After your selection, you will be taken to a list of other members who have chosen the same word. From there, you choose to “give help”, “get help”, or "ask a question". While browsing, if you find a profile from another member you want to connect, request contact. If they agree, you will be notified and can chat with them confidentially in a private room.
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ExtendaTouch is entirely free and universally accessible.
All requests to connect are optional, so members can connect with whom they wish to communicate.
Screen names are anonymous, and passwords are entirely private to members.