Respite Care Share grew from a nugget of an idea that I had pondered over the last few years to a prototype with potential. A big thanks to Community Prototyper Pearl Sequeira for helping flesh out the idea to its current state.
What Respite Care Share would offer is the ability for caregivers to use a voucher to reserve a respite stay online, through a partnership with a short-term home rental service such as Airbnb. In addition, caregivers would be able to select a fully-screened caregiver online to take care of their loved one while they are away on respite.
Respite Care Share would also offer caregiver care packages, which would include vouchers for free personal care services focused on relaxations, such as spa services and yoga classes.
I hope to keep the momentum going as I work on developing the idea further with the help of the OpenIDEO community. I will continue to update this Impact page with any new insights gained.
08.2018: I launched CBDforCaregivers, a campaign focused on how CBD products could potentially help caregivers, by offering relief from pain and anxiety without psychoactive side effects.
04.2018: My collection of caregiving essays, The Reluctant Caregiver, received a gold medal at the 2018 IPPY Awards.
9.14.2017-9.15.2017 Discussed respite care needs and challenges with family caregivers and shared my Respite Care Share concept at Caring Across Generation's Field Gathering.
3.22.2017: Respite Care Share is part of the poster sessions at the Aging in America Conference in Chicago. Being able to share the Respite Care Share concept with so many movers and shakers within the aging and caregiving communities is an honor. The networking done at this event will help take Respite Care Share to the next level.
2.15.2017: I attended a caregiver support group at Amy's Place, a dementia cafe in metro Atlanta to introduce Respite Care Share and hand out caregiver care bags. The feedback I received was very positive and I hope to do a similar event later this year.
1.5.2017: I have reached out to a metro Atlanta memory cafe, Amy's Place, and plan on presenting Respite Care Share to family caregivers at an event in February. The prototype is a caregiver care bag. The results of that test run will be presented at the 2017 Aging in America conference in March.
10.9.2016: I have been invited to be a poster presenter at the 2017 Aging in America conference in Chicago. I will be showcasing the Respite Care Share concept at the conference.
I would love to put Respite Care Share through a small-scale test run, to gauge interest and areas of improvement. I will be working on developing that test model and seeking volunteers.
Over the next several months, I hope to continue to raise awareness of Respite Care Share and gain feedback from potential users and interested partners.
I have found a local organization who runs a dementia cafe called Amy's Place. I have reached out to them and will be learning more about their mission and non-profit, Caring Together in Hope, over the coming months.
Longer term, I would love to see Respite Care Share grow and evolve and launch the implementation of a larger pilot program.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you have experience in one or more of the following areas and would be interested in helping Respite Care Share continue to evolve, please reach out in the comments section.
Assessment: For those with experience in launching programs similar in nature, an overall assessment of Respite Care Share and tips on maintaining momentum and building upon the original concept.
Potential users: In order to test a lightweight prototype, we would need a few potential users. Ideally, these volunteers would be current family caregivers and lower-middle to low income. They would need to be willing to do do a brief interview and fill out a questionnaire before and after participation. Interviews could be done over the phone or via email, so location is not an issue.
Marketing /Outreach: While in the early stages, where would it make sense to promote concept, in order to gain feedback?
Design Support: An early prototype might center around a Facebook page, along with a basic application and feedback form. A mockup of an online brochure or YouTube video that explains the program would also be nice to have.