Supportive New Feature for Lift Caregiving Care Lounge Users Lift Caregiving's new hugs feature allows users to send one another support with virtual hugs.

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Lift Caregiving, a web solution for family caregivers, today announced the availability of its newest feature. The new hug feature is for users of its Care Lounge (, a virtual support community for family caregivers. Users have the ability to ask questions of fellow users, community experts and to answer and make comments on other users posts. The new hugs feature adds the ability to support another caregiver with a virtual hug. "Caregivers often feel isolated and lonely. Having access to an online support community is very helpful in lessening isolation and loneliness. The hug feature is an additional way that Care Lounge members can reach out and support another caregiver." said, Ted Ukrop, Co-Founder of Lift Caregiving.


"Statistics reveal that between 40 and 70% of family caregivers experience clinical symptoms of depression, which can often be caused by feelings of isolation and loneliness associated with the caregiving experience." [Zarit, S. (2006) Assessment of Family Caregivers: A Research Perspective in Family Caregiver Alliance (Eds.), Caregiver Assessment: Voices and Views from the Field. Report from a National Consensus Development Conference (Vol. II) (pp. 12-37). San Francisco: Family Caregiver Alliance.]- Updated: November 2012 .  While caregiver's friends and spouse, may not seem to understand what the caregiver is going through, there are people in similar situations feeling the same way. Online support forums can help caregivers find common ground with others who are in similar situations and offer a feeling of community in the midst of isolation.

About Lift Caregiving

Lift Caregiving is a free website serving family caregivers, offering expert advice, proven products, helpful tools and a database of local and national service providers. Lift Caregiving was recently recognized as Best Caregiver Website by and was a finalist in the Virginia Healthcare Innovator Awards. For more information, visit, (@liftcaregiving) or

Media Contact: Katie Gilstrap, Lift Caregiving, (804) 938-4794,

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