Working in progress.Alzheimer's is stressful and confusing to the patient, but perhaps even more so for the caregivers. When Alzheimer's patients start to have trouble with basic activities of daily living (ADLs), such as eating and dressing, a caregiver has a lot to keep track of. Enlisting help would be ideal, but it is hard to keep track of what each caregiver is responsible for, and the lack of a relationship between the patient and a new caregiver can create trust issues that make treatment difficult.
CareCrew aims to solve these issues, bringing all caregivers on board to coordinate a patient's care. As an easy-to-use web application, CareCrew allows caregivers to create tasks, ADLs, that form part of a patient's daily routine. Trusted caregivers can volunteer to take on these tasks, being with the patient at the scheduled time and making sure the patient has completed their activities. When added, each caregiver is provided with a patient profile with basic biographical information and essential information about medical conditions and behaviors, so that new caregivers are not thrown into the deep end without a lifejacket. Caregivers' contact information is stored in the system so that, if a task is left uncovered, all caregivers for that patient can be alerted. This system should make it easy for friends, family, or assisted living workers to care for a patient with Alzheimer's, and give the primary caregiver peace of mind.