uCarenet Unveils Caremap, An App To Solve Growing Senior Home Care Needs For Millions of Canadian FamiliesNectari
Toronto, ON, June 6, 2018 – uCarenet, a new online marketplace for in-home senior care, unveils Caremap, an app connecting Canadian families with home care providers, so those in need can remain in their home and community, through easy access to quality, affordable care.
“Millions of Canadians provide care to a senior family member or friend, spending on average nineteen hours a month, and demand is growing. They’re struggling to find solutions that balance their needs with those of their family members who want independence and quality of life,” says Nectarios Charitakis, CEO and Founder of uCarenet, an innovative, connected community that bridges the gap between health providers and in-home care to give families easier access to affordable home care. “A hybrid between modern technology and human connection, care seekers and care providers can now share important information via our easy-to-use app, Caremap. The result is valuable, long-term relationships between everyone involved, and peace of mind in a nurturing environment.”
A 2012 Statistic Canada study found that 5.4 million Canadians provided care to a senior family member or friend, and nine out of 10 who received care in the home relied on family. More than three million Ontarians are family caregivers, and 48% are caring for a parent or in-law. Some 850,000 provide more than 10 hours of care per week, including transportation, domestic tasks, scheduling, managing finances and providing personal care. Publically funded services are not enough to fill the needs of Canada’s ageing population, families are tasked with navigating the limited service
“Canadian families are increasingly hiring paid companion keepers and care providers to support relatives living at home,” says Professor Alex Mihailidis of University of Toronto and Scientific Director of AGE-WELL, an official partner of uCarenet. The pan-Canadian network brings together researchers, community organizations, industry, older adults and caregivers to develop technologies and services to support healthy aging. “When it comes to home care, communication is paramount. The Wellness Meter on uCarenet’s Caremap app enables families to check in on their loved one. Caregivers provide live updates on their condition, ranging from physical wellbeing to daily activities.” The Wellness Meter is a paid feature on the app set to launch this summer.
The app also empowers caregivers, helping them connect with the right clients, differentiate their offering, create schedules and rates, and reap 100% of their hourly wage. It’s free to set up profiles and connect, a subscription fee also allows access to a suite of small business management tools. By hiring direct and eliminating third-party costs, the process is more efficient. Families can now save thousands of dollars each year, while caregivers maximize wages, and seniors get the level of care they deserve.
uCarenet is affordable home care made simple. Its innovative online platform bridges the gap between health providers and in-home care to give families easier access to reliable, affordable, homecare, while supporting independence and quality of life for seniors. uCarenet was designed with the help of Canadian healthcare professionals to improve the home care experience for seniors and families. Caregivers and care seekers are matched through profiles that specify customized needs and interests with a series of tools to facilitate and optimize the processes and relationships of those involved. Based in Toronto, Canada, entrepreneur and seasoned Enterprise IT expert Nectarios Charitakis started uCarenet in 2017, with the addition of its highly developed mobile app Caremap, in 2018.