Elaine is not alone--over 34 million unpaid caregivers in the U.S. care for a loved one
Mary is 84 and suffers from hypertension, diabetes, and dementia. In order to send her three children to college, Mary worked two jobs for many years. Elaine, Mary’s oldest daughter is her primary caregiver. Since Elaine works full-time, she needed to hire a caregiver to care for Mary during work hours. The paid caregiver prepares Mary’s meals
and takes her blood pressure and glucose readings twice a day. When Mary’s readings are consistently high or she becomes ill, Elaine has to leave a message for a clinic nurse and wait up to 24 hours for a return call. While waiting for a return phone call from the doctor, Elaine calls or texts her siblings to notify them of changes in their mother’s
condition. Elaine often feels exhausted and stressed as well as isolated. As a result, Elaine’s own health has started to suffer. One day, Elaine was talking to a coworker about her caregiving responsibilities when she saw the coworker checking her father’s vitals and pain level using Caren on her smartphone. The coworker’s father is in hospice and her brother keeps the family informed using Caren. Hoping Caren could help Elaine track and share her mother’s readings, Elaine went to the website to register. Within a few minutes, Elaine was speaking health readings from paper logs into Caren. As a result, Elaine is less stressed and frustrated because she can communicate her mother’s condition to doctors and family by simply entering information into Caren.