Sunday, May 5, 2013

Guest Post: A Step-by-Step Guide to Your Entire Caregiving Journey

We know that family caregivers are the backbone of senior care in the US – providing more than 80% of all care to the nation’s 39 million seniors. We also know that caregiving often takes a significant toll on the health and finances of the caregiver, and often leads to poor health for our seniors. 

Why is this?  In more than 100 conversations with family caregivers, we found that caregivers had great trouble determining what to do for their loved one, when and how to do it, and identifying what resources were available in the community to help.  Furthermore, caregivers lacked technological aids to help make caregiving tasks simpler and less complex, and to give them the peace of mind that they were doing everything that they could to make their parent healthier and happier.

Hopefully, that’s all about to change with the launch of CareSolver, a free online and mobile care management tool that creates and delivers a step-by-step guide to the entire caregiving process, alongside the information and tools that caregivers need to provide better care with less stress.

CareSolver starts with a personalized care plan for the caregiver and their loved one. Based on the senior’s specific health conditions, CareSolver generates a customized care plan covering the health and non-health aspects of providing care, ranging from diabetes care to legal and financial steps. Each task comes with how-to videos, instructions and links to helpful information, and caregivers can browse a marketplace of local companies, products and services that can help with the selected task.

CareSolver also provides a host of doctor-approved health risk assessment tools, covering everything from dementia to falls, which screen for risks before they occur and update the care plan accordingly. CareSolver’s optional home monitoring base station collects readings from a range of wireless medical devices and transmits them back to CareSolver’s servers, updating the care plan and notifying caregivers of urgent problems. Finally, a host of other care management tools like medication management, calendaring, team task and note sharing, and budgeting make caregiving much easier. Through these capabilities, CareSolver is able to direct family members to provide high quality, low-burden care to their aging loved ones.

CareSolver is the first solution of its kind. Where other caregiving tools provide information to family caregivers but leave the caregiver to determine what to do and how to do it, CareSolver actually provides a personalized, step-by-step guide to providing high quality care along with the information, tools and links to service providers needed to take action. CareSolver takes the guesswork out of caregiving, reducing the time that caregivers must spend researching and taking action while improving the quality of care that seniors receive.

CareSolver is free to family caregivers, and you can easily set up an account within a matter of minutes. All data is securely and privately stored within a HIPAA-compliant, encrypted database.  Learn more about CareSolver here:

About CareSolver: 

CareSolver’s mission is to improve the health and happiness of seniors and their family caregivers by providing action-oriented content, tools and resources that will help caregivers provide better care with less burden. CareSolver was launched by two Harvard Business School students, Arick Morton and Shana Hoffman, and a serial entrepreneur, Grant Hamm, who share a personal history of caring for an aging Loved One. CareSolver has won the Harvard Business School Rock Center MVP Award, was featured in Business Insider, and was recently named a finalist in the Harvard Dean’s Health & Life Sciences Challenge.

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