In one year my mother was in the hospital 12 times.
One time a month.
And that wasn’t the biggest year. She had COPD, CHF (chronic heart failure) and was a cancer survivor.
My wife and I tried everything to keep her out of the hospital. And each time it was the same.
Within a few weeks, she’d end up back in the hospital.
And within two weeks, no matter what we did, we just couldn’t keep her right and she’d end up in the hospital again.
That cycle went on for a year, year and a half. Sometimes twice a month in the hospital over the course of 2.5 years she’d be admitted or at least end up in the Emergency Room.
And finally, we realized something…
Finally—after that year when she was in the hospital 12 times—we realized we were doing things wrong.
We recognized what we needed as a family. Too much was falling on one person’s shoulders at a time. Care would fall on me for a time. When I wasn’t available, it was all on my wife.
Then we tried something new…
All that care that had to be delivered, all of those tasks, needed to be shared among more than one person at a time. We needed a group of people in the family working all at the same time.
One person didn’t have to take it all on.
Then we had to organize those tasks so that we made sure they got delivered at the right time. That was no small feat in itself. What we were able to do is get all those tasks organized into a list, know when each had to happen and then share those tasks with family and friends so others could take those on.
That’s how we broke the cycle.
That’s how we got more care and better care for mom so that she could feel better, longer.
What happened? We nursed her back to health.
Remember, she was living with us for 2.5 years. And after 6 months of not being in the hospital she was able to go home and live by herself independently.
Sure, we had people looking in on her. But living at home restored everything. Her health. Her independence. Her dignity.
That’s what we built Care3 to do.
It helps you do the 3 things that together we call “care-sharing” to keep your loved one out of the hospital.
- Care3 helps you create a care team of supportive family and friends
- Care3 creates a group care conversation automatically when you create your care team so communication is easy and efficient for everyone
- Care3 helps you enter and share all care tasks in a sequenced list so everyone on the care team can contribute by accepting a task
That’s the way to break the cycle. That’s the way to keep our loved ones out of the hospital. That’s the way to get them to live at home by themselves independently.
Care3 can help.
Download the Care3 iPhone app in the App Store. It’s FREE and will help you use care-sharing to care for your loved ones as a team to help them feel better, longer.
David S. Williams