Vote for Your Favorite Caregiving Innovation


Vote for Your Favorite Caregiving Innovation

As part of our Third Annual National Caregiving Conference, we’re co-hosting the Third Annual National Caregiving Technology and Product Pitch Event. Our contest began with our call for caregiving innovators to share a product, service, device or technology which can solve one of these three pressing problems family caregivers face:

  1. loneliness;

  2. financial strain;

  3. worries about a caree’s safety and well-being, including a way to track a caree’s daily condition.

We’re now ready to vote! You’ll want to choose your favorite product, service, device or idea from our entries. Watch the videos, below, and then cast your vote in our poll at the bottom of this page. Remember, you’re voting for your top choice which solves a family caregiver’s loneliness or financial strain or worries about a caree’s safety and well-being. You can only vote once for your top choice.

Voting ends at Midnight (Eastern time) on Friday, September 14.

The three entries that receive the most votes will receive a free exhibit table at our Third Annual National Caregiving Conference. We’ll vote for our favorite of the three finalists on November 9 and 10 during our conference; the winner will receive a one-minute commercial during our conference’s live broadcast and will be featured on and on Your Caregiving Journey, our Internet talk show. (Already have a product or service that helps or support family caregivers? Join us as an exhibitor or sponsor at NCC18.)

1. Joan Bachman
Are you a caregiver who spends too much time alone with your thoughts? Are you confined to the home in which your caree resides? Do your struggle with loneliness, depression and burnout? Does time pass all too slowly? Do loved ones come to visit and have very little to talk about? If the answer to these questions is 'Yes', and you want your situation to change, you need some help. This help can come in the form of a new book entitled If Only You Would Ask. With 42 topics and over 400 questions, you, along with others who spend time with your caree, will find yourselves engaged in hours of meaningful, enjoyable conversation. Hours that once dragged on will be transformed. Both you and the person for whom you care will tap into memories that may not have been thought about or talked about for years. Moreover, once your caree is no longer alive, you will have few regrets about questions you wish you had asked. One solution to your isolation is available, if only you would ask.

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2. Allaine Foster
The Rollator Meal & Activity Tray is designed for use with any of the wheeled walkers on the market. The tray helps to improve our careers daily living skills by allowing her to feed herself by bring her meal closer to her and it has helped to improve her activity level by bringing puzzles, books and electronics closer for her to see better and use easier. The tray has been more than useful to us as caregivers by freeing us up to do other chores while Carrie eats and it has allowed us to eat out more often and attend family cookouts without the stress of someone having to feed her. The Rollator Meal & Activity Tray has become an integral part of our daily lives.

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3. Glenn Hobbins
Helping Handles is the only assisting device ever invented for the caregiver to wear while assisting someone. It provides a more ergonomic lifting posture preventing back injuries, as well as creating more stability and confidence to the person being assisted.

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4. Steve Popovich
1. The Theora Care remote monitoring solution helps to alleviate a family caregiver’s loneliness by providing some additional peace of mind, and personal time, by providing a way to check on a loved ones status, activity and location remotely, understanding that caregiver's cannot always be there 100% of the time. Given that we are experiencing a care gap, for both professional and family caregivers, we are providing a way that caregivers can monitor loved ones while balancing their lives, work and family, even when they aren't there.
2. The Theora Care remote monitoring solution is affordable. Many caregivers, and care recipients, are on a very tight budget, and as caregivers ourselves we wanted to bring an affordable solution to market. From an aging in place perspective, remote monitoring can mean the difference between a person living in their own home or in an alternative living situation. Studies show that most family caregivers experience significant out of pocket expenses associated with caregiving. Theora Care can help people to age in place longer. With the average cost of assisted living at approximately $4500 per month, even enabling a person to stay in their own home for a month saves families thousands of dollars, and over years this can save family caregiver's tens of thousands of dollars.
3. Being able to remotely monitor caree's can help alleviate the worries about a caree’s safety and well-being. Theora Care is a non-clinical solution, so it is tracking a caree's activity, location and status. Caregiver's can set up Safe Zones for regular activities, or on the fly through a drag and drop smartphone app interface, which also supports a caree's independence. If the caree should wander outside of a Safe Zone, the caregiver is notified via the Theora Link smartphone app so that they can call the caree on the caree's wearable (which has an integrated cell phone) to check in. If the caree cannot or does not answer, the Quik Connect 2-way audio can be activated by the caregiver so that even if the caree can't physically answer the phone, the caregiver's reassuring voice still comes through to intervene. Caregiver's can also check on a caree's activity history through analytics provided by the solution, to identify any behavioral pattern changes which may signal a need to intervene. We all have our routines, sometimes a change in routine can mean something is amiss and needs attention.

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5. Chris Smith
Wisdom electronics is a technology startup founded to make the lives of today's seniors better. We are developing a series of products for launch in 2019 that will help caregivers track their caree's daily condition and well being. Our focus is in developing innovative products that target specific activities that seniors need to perform and both keep track of when it was done, and provide feedback to the senior to help the ensure they do what they need to do every day. We monitor activities like toothbrushing, medication adherence, activity in the home, and provide feedback to the senior using an intuitive methods. We do not focus on smartphone or wearable based technology, because today's senior have problems with those technologies. In 2018 we are performing field trials of our technology to determine which will be launched in 2019.

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6. Logan Wells
Five years ago, my grandmother was diagnosed with dementia and I watched my parents and aunts encounter challenges while caring for her. One area that I thought there was real room for improvement was around communication. The people that were caring for my grandmother, including her family, friends, and her paid caregivers were exchanging a ton of information but there was not a good way to access it all. This always puts the burden of information on one of the caregivers instead of sharing it amongst the team.

A few years later, I began learning how to code and developed the first iteration of CareZare to create a platform for a care team to exchange information - appointments, journal entries about a visit, medications, assigning and checking off care tasks--quickly and easily. It’s sort of like project management for a care team.

My parents, Hallie and Eric, really believed in the vision and they quickly joined me. We have worked with professional developers to bring this app to life and our goal is to create a tool for the 40 million caregivers in the US that are providing this incredible foundation of unpaid care for their loved ones (on average 20 hours a week). We hope to make their lives easier, remove some of the stress and provide better care.

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