CareFlash: Where Technology Makes Care Far Easier

A string of serendipitous events this week made me a true believer in how technology can dramatically simplify the way we care for our loved ones.

A Sick, Distant Relative

I heard from a family member that a distant cousin had a brain issue that has required several surgeries to correct.  He’s still not out of the woods, but they’re making progress finding the root cause.

The poor kid just graduated high school and his mother is emotionally exhausted.

She’s drained not just from the stress of her son’s illness, but from the hard work required to continuously update friends and family, explain the illness, describe treatments and their results, etc.

Everyone wants an update, so she repeats the same process nearly every day.

Coordinating Care is Hard Work

  • Have you ever had a loved one in the hospital, or suffering from a diagnosis that required a long or permanent care period?
  • Do you have friends of co-workers who needed a hand after an injury or illness?
  • How many times did you explain the diagnosis and treatment?
  • How did you coordinate errands or take the kids to school?
  • How did you handle your own life while you provided care to this person?

Enter CareFlash

I had the unique experience this week to speak to Jay Drayer, founder and CEO of CareFlash.  CareFlash applies the concept of social networking to caregiving.  I’d be doing an injustice to explain it on my own, so I asked Jay to share a paragraph or two.

Here’s how Jay describes CareFlash:

CareFlash empowers people to create private online communities to enable others to rally-round and be a part of the experience.  Each community features a secure blog for updates, explanations, prayers and well wishes.  When anyone creates a CareFlash community and specifies the circumstance at hand, 3-D animations directly pertinent to that particular circumstance automatically and dynamically load into each community to benefit members.  Our animations, of which there are thousands, explain illnesses, treatments and anatomy at a cellular level and are plainly narrated in English, Spanish and other languages.  The iHelp calendar provides a friendly way for people to request, engage and organize help from within their personal community involving assistance, meals, errands and the like, without putting anyone on the spot, and in a way that eliminates the redundancy and confusion that so commonly accompany such circumstances.  The bottom line? We provide caretakers a private framework to get things done when they need to be done, flexibility when they need to focus on their own sanity, and priority when all their well-meaning loved ones are wanting to be engaged and involved… allowing them to focus on the most important person – the patient.

CareFlash is the increasingly rare example of how technology can make a dramatic and useful impact to the way we live our lives and care for our families.

CareFlash is free to create a community, and I recommend you check it out. – the web site – the demo

  • Jay Drayer

    Ryan, Thanks for the kind words about CareFlash. I really admire what you’re doing with Inside Assisted Living. In taking your online survey, I have to say it opened my eyes in a big way… to all the moving parts associated with this process which over time will inevitably become a visible part of the living reality for each of us. -Jay

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  • johnnie

    I definitely want to take a closer look at CareFlash. I will be a opening a small 6 bed ALF in a home this spring, and I can envision how useful CareFlash could be to the families. Thanks for sharing
    Johnnie Mesaros RPh