GERI: Virtual Assistant for Caregivers
"Your coach in charge of it all.."
We would like you to meet our inspiration...Mariah, a professional athlete, artist, author, and accomplished speaker on success, leadership, and sports, and now a caregiver. Yet with all of her accomplishments, she still needs help. Looking for a way to find time for herself while still providing meaningful care for her mother GERI was born.
With GERI (an in-home voice-activated assistant and downloadable app) caregivers will be able to manage their loved one's appointments, connect with a healthcare team to guide them through important decisions, delegate tasks to friends and family members, find ways to be creative and more!
Most importantly, over time, GERI will get to know the habits of caregiver and will remind them to take time to take care of themselves and also assist them in bringing other relevant information.
GERI will work with partners to provide additional access to services such as local support groups, networks and helplines, ways to meditate, transportation, grocery shopping, and entertainment.
**GERI excels by combining the best of caregiving administrative tools with creative activities to promote to caregiver health.**
The online platform of GERI will be a virtual binder (that is linked to an in-home voice-activated virtual assistant), when the Caregiver logs in they will access to areas such as:
1) A sample list showing "Sarah's Team Members": Relatives, friends, professional caregivers, medical team, etc. My guess/hope would be that just showing some family caregivers this list would give them a satisfying sense that everyone would be working together, and that the team is sizeable. This should be indicated as "by invitation only."
2) A sample task list showing tasks, short description, maybe approximate amount of time, and a place for the support team to sign up. Also a hyperlink to Task Rabbit or other resources that could help get some of those tasks done.
2) A medical update list, showing upcoming appointments and physician reports.
3) A hands-on caregiver journal, organized by date, showing notes from family caregivers, CNAs, nurses, etc re: observations, needs, behaviors, other notes.
4) A "Sarah at a glance" summary of key info: dietary restrictions, DNR, birthdate, preferences, etc.
5) A dated (and updated) medication list.
6) A legal tab with POA, Healthcare POA, living will, etc.
7) A creative expression tab with sample drawings, poems, etc. and room for more.
8) A "rant and rave" section for family members or caregivers to express how hard this work is, or what difficulties they are having with it.
9) A gratitude section to express thanks (to each other or beyond).
10) A private/public toggle switch for certain elements (not the medical, legal tabs) to provide a sense of control over who gets to see this.
11) A burning questions tab.
12) A direct-message option so people can send individual, private notes.
Finally, at the end of the day, the hope is that the caregiver who uses GERI is able to accomplish a sense of peace with themselves.