Patient Web Pages Help Keep Friends and Family Connected
The University of Maryland Medical Center has become an official sponsor of CaringBridge, an Internet service developed to help patients and their families stay connected with loved ones during medical treatment.
CaringBridge is a free, easy-to-use Internet service developed to keep friends and family informed during challenging or stressful times.
In minutes, families can easily create a secure CaringBridge Web page. They can then sign-in at any time to post journal entries and photographs for their friends and family members. Visitors who are provided the Web site address and password can read updates and post their own messages of support, love, and encouragement for the family.
Here is how the free service works:
- An individual visits www.caringbridge.org to create a secure, personal Web site in a few minutes.
- The patient or family member writes journal entries for their circle of family and friends to read.
- Friends and loved ones can then send messages of encouragement and support in a guestbook for the patient and family to read.
The personal site is private and only those with the site address may visit.
"CaringBridge is a remarkable resource for patients and their families during a challenging time," said Anne Williams, Manager, Patient Resource Center at UMMC. "Family members can easily update loved ones without having to field too many phone calls and questions during an stressful time in their lives. They find comfort and encouragement in the messages of support posted in their guest book."