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Occasionally we find something potentially useful to share with others, especially regarding integrity, transparency, and accountability in the field of services. Health care, elder care, child care, pet care, home maintenance, lawn care, property management. The common theme is that people do things for other people millions of times every day. And today more than ever, we need to share what we learn with each other.

 
     
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Products to help care for our seniors

Apr 21 2015
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Products to help care for our seniors

I'm proud of U.S. companies for recognizing the need for innovations that can help us care for our seniors. Active Lifestyles Magazine released a video recently highlighting a few of the latest products to help people care for seniors. These are cool ideas that demonstrate the potential benefits combining imagination with technology.

Fruit or robot? The REAL bottomline on the difference between iphone and Android.

May 21 2014
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Fruit or robot? The REAL bottomline on the difference between iphone and Android.
I am often asked by family and friends "which type of mobile phone should I buy"? (Or for that matter, which computer?) They consider me a technology insider and so they hope to get an answer. In many cases (especially for the older folks) they do not even know at the highest level what the difference is between an iphone and an Android. I've been asked on numerous occasions, "which one is a smart phone?". (My answer: A smart phone is simply a mobile phone that allows us to download programs (called "apps") from various companies that can do interesting, useful, or fun things on our device. Both Androids and iPhones are smart phones.) If they aren't even sure what a smart phone is, perhaps that gives a clue to their ability to understand which is a better buy for them. So, I'm going to get "real" here, even if it does disappoint you.

Home monitoring is a rising trend in eldercare

Home monitoring is a rising trend in eldercare
In my research and reflected by discussions with real people, it is clear that home monitoring is increasing nearly as fast as "aging in place". Of course these two trends are related, as people that want to support their elder family members' desire to age in place, also want to be more aware of their status. In part because I see these as potential synergistic partners for TaskAssure, I keep abreast of this trend. In this article I offer an overview, with some helpful suggestions for how to find products in related market segments.

Tools to help coordinate care for family members

Apr 01 2014
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Tools to help coordinate care for family members

 

Nearly one in every 5 adults in the U.S. now help provide care for someone else with medical, disability, or other long term care challenges. This significant and growing need has prompted new tools to be offered in recent years. I call this market "care coordination". I thought it could be helpful to post my list of care coordination products. Some of these are still in "Coming Soon" mode, but most are available now. In a future article, I will offer results of my evaluation.

Online service marketplaces help find caregivers

Online service marketplaces help find caregivers

Have you recently learned that a family member needs supportive care, and you are considering hiring others to help? With our growing older population, this is an increasingly common occurrence. This article offers a partial list of some of the online service marketplaces that help connect people looking for caregivers within individuals that can help. New products are coming to the market every month, so this list will quickly be outdated. Let us know if you have learned about other services in this category.

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