CareXChange platform is based on our believes that:
- caregiving starts with a plan,
- in order to care for others one must first care for themselves,
- the key element in successfully carrying out a plan by a team is to stay-connected.
These believes are even more important for Dementia care.
To enable easy access of a plan, CareXChange curates care plans from experts, and any experienced caregivers who are willing to share their experience, organized them into categories of health condition and care situations. Each plan provides step-by-step guidance that enable untrained caregivers to learn and care. The care plan also serves as a central hub for getting access to other information related to this care, e.g. the estimated time needed , the products or services needed. Associated with a plan, one can also do cost estimate to better understand the cost side of the care and decide a strategy for cost management.
Not everyone can use exactly the same plan even if they have the same health problem, CareXChange enables people to easily customize the curated plan to fit their particular situation and can continue making changes over time when situation changes. Most importantly, it enables people to estimate the cost in case they have financial constraints.
It takes a village to care for a person is almost an understatement for Dementia care. That is the reason CareXChange provides the "create and manage your team" feature for people who want to use a team approach for caring out their plan.
In our proposal for this challenge, we are heavily leveraging the team creation and management feature and its tight relationship with the plan the main family caregiver decided to use. And our solution proposes to include as many people from family members, neighbors, friends of the family, professional caregivers and their family, community group, and health networks. And the combination of how many of each type can change based on the condition and the plan tasks the team is to carry out. The main reason for proposing this more complicated and dynamic team approach is because the team members are not only caring out the plan but also part of the "treatment process" for the recipient as well as for their own self care.
For example, they need to join the activities that can bring back good old day's "get togethers" memories, or a walk and talk in the park, or to go watch neighborhood children play at certain times, etc for the care recipients. And we also propose caregivers should more efficiently share the time for their own planned tasks too, like caregivers can use the time to carry out their own social activities of talking to their old neighborhood friends living near the recipient's house, or get their exercise goals met by taking the walk in the park with the recipient or with other caregivers. Each plan for the recipient may contain tasks that are for caregivers to accomplish their own wellbeing goals. In our solution, self-care "tasks" and for loved-one tasks are interchangeable depending on the task and the composition of the team.
When self-care tasks and caregiving tasks can be accomplished at the same time, it helps stretching the limited time each caregiver has in their busy lives.
This would be a too complicated process if without having the patent pending technology embedded in the CareXChange platform and the self-care resources guide the platform provides that address self-care activities to enhance the physical, mental, and social well-being of the caregivers.
CareXChange has an open architecture for integrating with other high tech solutions provided by other companies. The integrated solution will have all the capabilities for Dementia caregivers to easily and dynamically form a team, share the fun and tasks even with remote team members, and share resources different members in the team can offer to drastically reduce costs, and discuss caregiving topics using CareXChange's built in "discussion of tasks" feature. This dynamic and efficiently leverage the caregiving time approach will bring all caregivers and there loved ones the following benefits:
- raising the recipient's quality of care,
- reducing caregivers' stress,
- reducing the overall time to care for the loved ones and be able to do self-care at the same time,
- and significantly reducing cost by swapping various resources.