As a caregiver, along with my mother and sister, it always shocks me how infrequently we openly discuss caregiving. As our population lives longer and ages with increasingly chronic, manageable conditions, caregiving will become a ritual of life. Right now, families and caregivers are thrown into unfamiliar situations that unbeknownst to them, their co-workers, neighbors, and friends are also experiencing.
70% of caregivers are currently looking to technology for personalized resources and information specific to their situation. That’s why my co-founder Drew (who has been a caregiver for his mom, a kidney cancer survivor) and I are working on Yeva. A single place where all caregivers can share knowledge, and gain value from their collective experiences. Yeva enables users to share, read, or hear stories that validate our emotions as caregivers AND provide best practices on caregiving based in common experiences. These stories are then personalized to the individual family’s circumstances.
We will all be caregivers at some point in our life. It happened earlier than average for Drew and me, and we hope to use those experiences to help others in this journey. We need your help! If you know any current caregivers we would love to chat with them. You can send them to www.yeva.co or send their contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll take it from there.
We just launched a new version of our training program for Dementia caregivers based on narrative experiences, here: https://www.yeva.co/programs/alzheimers-communication