It’s one of the biggest issues facing families today: Caring for loved ones at home. Particularly when it comes to caring for aging parents, many find balancing the loads of work, household, mealtime, and everything else life presents to be a heavy burden.
Stepping in to help: CarePRN, a startup based at TechTown Detroit that offers licensed, on-demand home health care. Their website, CarePRN.com, provides the ease that families dealing with home care are looking for—that is, finding a trusted, reliable, licensed, and fully vetted (with full background checks) aid.
Like so many business ideas, CarePRN was conceived through a first-hand experience, albeit a bad one.
Training to be an RN while caring for his fiancée’s grandfather in hospice, Wolfe-Greer recognized that stressed and overworked family caregivers need a break.
He decided that “there needed to be an app for that”
His concept gained momentum at TechTown Detroit’s annual Hacking Health hackathon where Wolfe-Greer refined his innovation and team.
TechTown’s 10-week summer accelerator, as well as their Business Incubation Center, helped Wolfe-Greer bring CarePRN over the finish line.
The app is available today and already generating attention.
The CarePRN app is accessible on smartphones, which link to it website. Clients can access tools to find caregiver support and resources to help with everything from bathing to dressing to light housework; help is for non-medical needs, with only medication reminders included as a service.
Families can communicate and monitor any visit right through their phone, and at the visit’s conclusion, pay their homecare worker with a few simple clicks.
“Caring for a loved one can be stressful. No one can do it all, but it is often difficult to find qualified professionals to assist,” explains Wolfe-Greer. “CarePRN makes the process simple. Helping families find home care on-demand will reduce family caregiver burnout, allowing families to care for their loved ones at home longer. When they can do so, their loved ones are happier and have better health outcomes, and families save money.”
Trust is paramount to CarePRN’s model, according to its founder.
The company individually vets each care provider through a rigorous four-step process. CarePRN performs background checks on each care provider utilizing the Offender Tracking Information System and a supplemental third-party service. It also verifies that each care provider has an active license clear of any citations and requires each care provider to complete a pre-interview questionnaire before hire.
CarePRN has received awards from Hacking Health, the Accelerate Michigan student business competition, the Detroit Technology Exchange program and the Michigan Greenlight business model competition.
For more information or to begin using CarePRN, visit www.careprn.com or download the app in the Android or iPhone app stores. @TechTown, @CarePRN