NEW REPORT: CATALYZING TECHNOLOGY TO
SUPPORT FAMILY CAREGIVING
A new report from the National Alliance for Caregiving identifies key steps to better support family caregiving through the use of mobile, online, and in-home technologies. The report, Catalyzing Technology to Support Family Caregiving, follows an April 2014 roundtable featuring experts from government, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, caregiving advocates and researchers. The roundtable developed six recommendations, summarized in the report, to inspire and guide the industry.
Gail Gibson Hunt, President and CEO of the Alliance and co-convener of the roundtable, is hopeful that the recommendations will help to spur development of new tools to coordinate care between caregivers, patients, and healthcare providers. “Technology needs to meet caregivers where they are, making their lives easier and their efforts more effective,” Hunt explained. “This report offers a roadmap to develop tools that a caregiver would find helpful in day-to-day life.”
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A 2011 survey reveals that the technology advances that have transformed how Americans work, play and interact have potential to alleviate the growing financial and emotional burdens on family members caring for sick or disabled loved ones. The e-Connected Family Caregiver: Bringing Caregiving into the 21st Century study, released today by the National Alliance for Caregiving and UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, found more than two-thirds of family caregivers who have used some form of technology to help them with caregiving believe web-based and mobile technologies designed to facilitate caregiving would be helpful to them. Family caregivers provide an estimated $375 billion worth of uncompensated care to loved ones annually. Previous studies have shown that many lack support systems and tools that could ease the burden financially and emotionally.
- e-Connected Family Caregiver: Bringing Caregiving into the 21st Century, Full Report (January 2011)
- e-Connected Family Caregiver: Bringing Caregiving into the 21st Century, Fact Sheet (January 2011)
- e-Connected Family Caregiver: Bringing Caregiving into the 21st Century, Press Release (January 2011)