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Help U Care Virtual Assistant

I thought of this idea as a result of caring for loved ones with dementia and helping other caregivers.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it better support family caregivers as they care for a loved one with dementia?

The Help U Care Assistant would educate the caregiver about how to deal with behaviors that accompany Alzheimer's disease, such as, resistance, agitation, wandering, resulting in a great reduction of caregiver stress and allowing the care recipient to remain at home, thereby, cutting long-term care costs. The Assistant would be built on top of a device such as the Google Home or Amazon Alexa already existing in millions of homes, making it accessible to many.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

I would host focus groups with caregivers caring for a loved one with dementia to get input on whether they would like to use such a device and rate on a scale basis how they feel about having such a device.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

To learn the best methods to incorporate merging the Help U Care Assistant with existing devices.

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a public health educator. I conduct workshops in care-giving, Alzheimer's disease, and facilitate an Alzheimer's Association caregiver support group. I have been a caregiver for three family members, currently caring for my mother who is in the late stage of Alzheimer's disease.

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Photo of Anuhya Tadepalli

I think this is a great idea and a good start. I like the approach to use existing platforms like Alexa, Google Home rather than build a new one. I have started a similar product Digital Companion using Google Assistant platform. I think their is lot of synergies between our approaches.