Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor for the Home Instead Senior Care® network, today announced a partnership with GrandPad®, the first tablet-based solution designed exclusively for seniors. The two organizations are coming together to offer innovation that will change the way we care for the growing number of older adults.
The partnership provides a platform for Home Instead franchise owners to offer integrated care solutions that will enhance the client experience while a Home Instead CAREGiverSM is in the home. It also sets the stage for Home Instead to offer new services, such as interactive remote care, which would create new opportunities for the delivery of technology-based home care across underserved populations and rural geographies.
The agreement includes an equity investment in GrandPad. Additionally, Jeff Huber, president and CEO of Home Instead, Inc., has been added to the GrandPad board of directors.
It’s private and few people discuss it openly. Couples who’ve spent decades together as lovers and equals – husbands, wives and partners – increasingly take on the roles of caregiverand patient as Alzheimer’s disease progresses. Sex and emotional intimacy give way to an all-consuming responsibility. During those difficult months and years, the still-healthy partner may ache for someone with whom to talk, share a restaurant or movie date or have a physical relationship.
Little social support exists for married caregivers who seek an intimate partner. Issues of faith, or concern over of the reactions from other family members and friends, cause people to bottle up these desires, says Donna Schempp, a licensed clinical social worker and consultant at Family Caregiver Alliance.
More than $100 million in federal funding was spent last year toward searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, if given the choice, most people with dementia and those caring for them would like to see the money go elsewhere, according to a recent study led by University at Buffalo researcher Davina Porock.
The study surveyed people with dementia and their care providers on how funding from the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), a federal plan to overcome the disease, should be spent.
It revealed that the majority of respondents ranked caregiving support and resources for long-term care ahead of research for a cure.