Semafores’ Perspective on Caregiving
Curi™ is the Social Mobile Platform for Family Caregiving but what is family caregiving, and who is Curi™ meant for? If you read the news you may have seen the terms “family caregiving” or “informal caregiving” used to describe care given by family members to disabled, usually elderly, adults. By choice or necessity, these family caregivers give many hours of their time to caring for family members who can no longer care for themselves because of dementia or a disabling physical condition brought on by age or injury. These caregivers often must make considerable sacrifices in order to give their loved ones the care they need, sometimes even giving up their paid jobs to be available at all hours.
At Semafores we define family caregivers, who we prefer to call “carers”, more broadly because the people who need help may be neither disabled nor elderly. Many adults who are not disabled still need help from family members to stay well. They may need help with tasks of daily living while recovering from illness or injury. They may need occasional reminders to take medications they are prone to forget when pressed for time or under stress. They may need encouragement to keep to a healthy diet and exercise regularly. They may need reminders to consider their own health when focused on caring for others.
Children as well as adults need care. Young children are completely dependent on their carers, usually their parents. Older children are less dependent but still need support as they learn to care for themselves. Reminders and encouragement help them to develop the healthy habits that will help keep them well as adults. Children with special needs present challenges to their caregivers that go beyond the ordinary challenges of parenting. Depending on their specific medical issues, they may need support from their carers into adulthood.
For both children and adults, most of the support they need to stay healthy will come from family. Medical professionals can diagnose and treat illness or injury, give advice and proscribe medication; but outside of the hospital or the doctor’s office, routine care for most of us will come from family members if it is not self-care. We often need the help of our family to follow the course of treatment that doctors and other medical professionals have given us.
So…who cares? Family—parents, children, spouses, siblings, cousins, and close friends who are family by choice if not by blood. All of us are some of these things to someone, and would help them if they needed us. You care. When your turn comes to help care for your family Curi™ will be there on your device to help you stay organized and motivated, and to help you reach out for assistance from other family members when you need it.