Americans are inundated with “junk” mail and telemarketing calls. From sweepstakes promising riches to charities asking for handouts to help impoverished children or suffering animals, it can be difficult to decipher what is worth one’s time and what is simply…junk.
For seniors, this determination can become even more difficult, especially where charity requests are involved. A recent article on cumberlink.com highlighted the issues that face many seniors when they receive unexpected requests for charity. While many seniors want to help, and enjoy the feeling of being needed as part of a larger quest for good, a good understanding of how to decipher legitimate causes and requests is of the utmost importance.
How Home Care Software Can Help
For seniors living independently, sorting through ever accumulating phone and mail requests from donation seekers can be a daunting task. However, for seniors who have the assistance of a home care agency using a home care software or home care system, such as ClearCare Online, managing unwanted donation requests can be a task assigned for the caregiver to assist with via the home care system.
With the help of a caregiver, seniors can not only sort through requests, but also be more aware of potential scams and take steps to prevent future unwanted requests. Not to mention, with a home care system as a care tool, caregivers can leave voice comments for administrators and family members via the home care software in case of any worrisome donation requests that may arrive via phone, mail or in person.
Once seniors have decided that they no longer wish to receive unwanted donation requests, which can reduce unnecessary guilt associated with not always being able to donate, there are some steps that can be taken to reduce unwanted calls and mail:
- Do Not Call List: Adding your name to the National Do Not Call List can reduce the number of incoming calls from telemarketers that may have been hired to assist with donation campaigns. Anyone can be added to this list by calling (888) 382-1222
- Mail Preference Service: Writing to the Mail Preference Service can also help control marketing and donation requests that come through the mail. You can contact this organization with a written request to be removed from solicitation mailing lists at: Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, PO Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512
- Donate Anonymously: When you do choose to make a donation, doing so anonymously can help reduce the risk of your name being sold to other organizations, or of repeat requests. Alternatively, making specific requests to benefactors that your contact information not be shared is a perfectly acceptable request!
Managing a barrage of charity requests can be difficult, but with some management of your contact information and the help of a family caregiver, or professional caregiver using a home care software or home care system to manage their work, you can be back on the road to only hearing from those charities that are truly near and dear to your heart.