Keeping Mom at home for the long-term is challenging for many, this is a story shared by one of CareRelay’s early users.
By early 2000 it was clear to my two sisters and me that our dear mother had begun her descent into the abyss of early-stage dementia. The best memories of my mother were of a woman who was active in so many ways. A lover of the fine arts and an avid walker who, while never having owned a pair of sneakers in her life would often go for 10K walks in some form of street shoes. She never drove a car but traveled the world with an unquenchable thirst for adventure, discovery and new experience.
During her initial period of cognitive decline, I consulted a medical specialist who met with my Mom and conducted an extensive interview. She recommended that if we were able, Mom should continue to “live at home” in the apartment she had lived in for over thirty years. The professional recommendation based on recent studies determined that seniors with our mother’s cognitive level will decline much faster if moved from their familiar home environment to a new residence.
My two sisters and I accepted the doctor’s recommendation and decided with some additional help we would keep Mom at home for as long as possible. One of my two sisters had moved away over thirty years ago to a city several thousand miles away. While she was caring and concerned, she was not available to actively participate in the day to day challenges that lay ahead. As the only son, I did what I was able to do, however, it was my oldest sister who stepped up, became the primary caregiver and managed this demanding situation with love and unshakable determination to provide the best possible care and attention to our mother.
My sister is not a follower of technology and to this day does not have a cell phone. Communication was maintained by landline. I know that the five or so years leading up to our mother’s death were demanding and exhausting for my sister. Attempting to communicate updates and share duties and responsibilities was time-consuming and complicated. My sister must have felt like she was running an unending marathon while carrying a very heavy pack on her back.
Since our mother’s passing the technological waves of disruption and innovation have washed over the world and new online tools coupled with the immediate help that they provide significantly reduce and help to manage the challenge faced by caregivers around the world.
CareRelay Early Adopter
Now so many years after their mother’s passing our early adopter is using the app for themselves. They are not at the stage that they need help from their children, but the aging caregiver is having health issues come up, and with the CareRelay app they can keep track of them easily in one place and share with family as needed. As back up in case of emergency the spouse and children have all the information they might need on hand.
The CareRelay application was designed and created for families everywhere. This revolutionary app is now available to help simplify, coordinate and distribute care giving responsibilities to a degree previously unimaginable. With little more than a “click”, the most demanding activities that now form the new caregiver’s responsibilities, are distributed among the care team, often a combination of family, friends, and professionals regardless of where they are located or what they are doing.