FamilyConnect: Keep Mom Healthy and at Home with our App!
FamilyConnect: Keep Mom Healthy and at Home with our App!
We're building an app to help seniors live independent lives in their homes while giving their families peace of mind.
We're building an app to help seniors live independent lives in their homes while giving their families peace of mind. Read more
Helping aging people live independently, healthier and happier lives in their homes
I’m Robert Herzog, founder and CEO of eCaring, Inc. a system designed to keep mom and dad (or grandma and grandpa) healthy in their home and out of the hospital.
I wasn't originally a healthcare "person." My background was more technology and media. But when my mother started needing additional care services, I saw how difficult that situation is. Nobody is ever prepared for it, emotionally, logistically, or often financially.
I've learned a lot about healthcare since founding eCaring, where we successfully help healthcare organizations reduce hospital and emergency room use. But I haven't forgotten how difficult it was just to make sure my mom was doing OK, keeping track of simple things that could help her live longer and happier in her home.
That's why I'm developing a new consumer app called FamilyConnect, designed to foster better communication between you and your aging loved one (mom) by letting you know they are healthy and happy at home.
With Your Help, FamilyConnect Will Be Caring For Aging Seniors Soon
What Is FamilyConnect?
FamilyConnect will provide crucial and timely information to make sure your parent is getting all the care he or she needs, such as:
- Is mom taking her medications?
- Is dad eating?
- Is there enough food in the house?
- How's mom's sleep?
- How’s dad feeling?
- Is mom’s home a comfortable temperature?
- With a simple quick note feature to let you know anything else
FamilyConnect Is Easy To Use
Our app's unique features make it incredibly easy to use and our intuitive icon-based system has been proven to work for people with no computer skills or limited English proficiency. It’s simple to set up and learn to use, yet provides powerful, impactful information that lets you know immediately if there’s a problem, so you can respond while it’s still manageable.
Because you never want to hear yourself say, "If only I'd known. We could have done something."
FamilyConnect gives you a simple efficient means of communications, so you can avoid endless hours of phone calls about issues and problems and instead can enjoy talking to your parent about the good things in their lives while giving your parent the comfort of knowing that someone is paying attention to their needs and any problems will be responded to.
For about the time it takes to take a vitamin, and far less than it would take on a phone call, your loved one can communicate to you information that could be the difference between them staying at home healthy, or ending up in the hospital or nursing home. Or worse.
The Many Benefits of FamilyConnect
There are numerous benefits with using FamilyConnect for your family, including:
- Keeping your loved one healthy, at home and out of the hospital
- Easy to use system for seniors and caregivers alike
- Provide peace of mind and assurance that your loved one is well
- Let's your parents know someone is paying attention to their needs
- Cost just pennies a day
- Help lower healthcare costs
- Save money by preventing unnecessary hospital visits
- Promote a healthy independent lifestyle for your aging loved one
- View patterns over time that may contribute to illness
- Be notified in real-time if there is an issue
- Provide a dedicated place to discuss health issues
- Allow the family to spend time enjoying life and worry less about health
How Does FamilyConnect Work?
FamilyConnect enables seniors to stay in their home – and out of hospitals and nursing homes – maintaining their comfort and dignity, connected to the people they love who care for them, all for just pennies a day.
The FamilyConnect app is really easy to use, which is key for helping seniors communicate what's going on with them. Using icons provides quick, simple to read questions, encouraging and prompting input from your aging loved one. The interface includes built-in text messaging capabilities so mom can stay within the app to easily discuss her specific needs with you.
This simple but powerful information will ensure that rather than a problem festering and becoming worse, it can be responded to quickly and effectively.
The daily input from mom gets sent into the cloud, pinged to your smartphone and presented in an easy to read dashboard, effectively providing you with peace of mind wherever you are.
It's great knowing that you'll be notified immediately if a situation or event occurs with your loved one that requires attention, to keep problems small and controlled, in the home, avoiding them escalating to big ones that lead to burdensome and more costly levels of care, to the hospital, rehab facility or nursing home.
So many problems can be treated in the home if they are caught in time, but so many times a lack of communication means the problem goes untreated until it erupts into a hospital visit, rehab facility, nursing home -- institutional care which is the last thing anybody in the family wanted.
FamilyConnect will be available for iOS and Android and will be free to download for you and mom with a very affordable $4.99/month subscription plan available. (Mom pays nothing!)
We have designed some of the basic elements, icons, user interface and wire framing for FamilyConnect and will use most of the crowdfunding proceeds to finance bringing our vision to life.
We’re excited to share our idea and be backed by such great supporters on Kickstarter.
Project Timeline & Funding Goal
What It Means To Age In Place
The decision for a senior to remain living at home rather than being sent to a retirement facility; it is a decision they are free to make on their own allowing them to live independently and healthy for as long as possible.
Did you know there were over 46 million people aging in place in the US last year? That number is expected to nearly double to 80 million by 2040. Gone are the days when families would send their aging family members to retirement homes to live the rest of their lives. With the rise of on-demand services such as ZocDoc and CityMD its clear to see the connection and importance between choices and healthcare; why should the aging population be any different?
We care about keeping seniors who choose to age in place happy, at home and connected to the lives of their loved ones!
Don't Just Take Our Word For It...
Our proven technology has been featured, awarded and recognized by numerous companies. Below are just a few of our recognitions:
Join FamilyConnect and help keep mom at home and out of the hospital!
*The FamilyConnect app does not claim to and is not designed to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.
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Risks and challenges
We understand that sometimes development for software can sometimes take more time than expected and should there be a delay, we will update our backers accordingly. We hope that those individuals who support us with downloadable rewards will be understanding in that regard.
On the other hand, we plan to develop non-app related digital rewards in-house and are fully equipped to deliver them timely as indicated.
For print items such as tshirts and sweatshirts, we have relationships with local vendors to help fulfill those orders starting on the day our goal is met. Those print items should take 1-2 weeks to produce and an additional 3-5 days shipping depending on shipping address.
Thank you Kickstarter for this opportunity and thanks to the Kickstarter community for all your support! We (you) are making a huuuuge change in delivery of health care for seniors!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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