We are hard at work at Outpatient adding new features to our app that are all about you, the caregiver, and your Tribe.
The Numbers for Caregivers
16.6% of Americans or at least 39.8 million caregivers provide care for an adult (age 18 or older) with a disability or illness, according to the National Alliance of Caregiving and AARP.
The AARP has said, “many caregivers put their own health and financial security at risk for the sake of their loved ones. They often feel isolated at work or in their communities, unsure of where to go for resources or support”.
Our goal is always to simplify the Outpatient Health experience for patients and families. We also aim to make your life easier and healthier.
Here are some new updates and features that we want to share to help achieve that:
Pass The Torch: We know the life of a caregiver is stressful and sometimes you need a hand. Our new feature, Pass The Torch, gives Mom the Caregiver a break. Now she can use the Outpatient App to make another person in her Tribe a Champion, and take a much needed respite. Periods of respite are healthy for caregivers and are important to maintain your own well-being as one.
My Health Wallet: There is nothing worse than needing your health information and realizing you left your insurance card or doctor information at home. Move all your health history into a consolidated and secure Health Wallet with Outpatient. Manage Medications, Medical Teams and Insurance all in one place. Secure and easy to access with all the information needed at your fingertips.
Direct Messaging: We are excited to add Direct Messaging as a feature in the Outpatient app. You can now message one individual person in your group for sensitive conversations or messages relevant to just that person. Check up on someone in your Tribe easily within the Outpatient app.
My mom could do nothing but lie in bed after breaking her ankle. For trips to the bathroom, doctor and physical therapy, and all her basic needs she relied on my dad. Providing such physically-demanding support 24/7 was hardly feasible for my elderly dad, let alone for my brother and I. The solution? Pass the torch.
My hands shook uncontrollably as I tried to screw off the top of a bottle of Benadryl. The little plastic measuring cup seemed more like a tiny thimble as I attempted to pour the correct amount of medication. My son, Jasper, was having an allergic reaction to peanuts. Red splotches develop all over. His tongue and face swell.
Jim Walberg has always lived his life to the fullest. He started two successful businesses and participated in sporting events, including triathlons and marathons, just to name a couple. Since overcoming both prostate cancer and a nasty tumor on his pituitary gland, not to mention losing his colon to ulcerative colitis, his zest for life hasn’t wavered.
When I first started thinking about creating Outpatient Inc., my situation mirrored the frustrating dilemma of Oniqa Moonsammy, the 33-year-old who Time magazine recently profiled in a story about Americans who are struggling to hold on to their jobs while also caring for elderly parents and relatives.