In this difficult time, we must come together to support those in need.

With the deadly coronavirus spreading around the globe, it is time that we pay special attention to protect those most vulnerable to the virus; aging patients with chronic health conditions.  This has always been the mission of Genus, and we want the whole genus community to know that we are here to help. While social distancing is the best way …

GenusConnect Fall Prevention Pilot Goes Live With New Product Features

Participants in the University of Michigan-Flint Fall Prevention pilot have begun using a new version of the genusConnect platform, with a focus on fast onboarding, ease of use, and custom care content.  “In testing with hundreds of families across many different care environments, we learned that the key to success is being fast, easy, and meaningful,” says Joe Gleason, genus …

Genus partners with leading health providers to improve family caregiving through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund grant.

Detroit-based Genus, LLC, as part of a consortium of leading healthcare providers and community groups, has been awarded a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund for a pilot project to improve the lives of millions of families caring for loved ones with complex chronic conditions through the use of the genusConnect platform.  The project supported by the $500k grant, …

U-M Flint teams with tech startup genusConnect to reduce falls in the elderly with support from a state grant

According to the Center for Disease Control, more than one out of four older adults experiences a fall every year, and one out of five falls causes a severe injury. Two Michigan organizations are partnering to change that. The University of Michigan-Flint and Detroit-based technology startup genusConnect have teamed up through the state of Michigan’s Small Company Innovation Program to …

Study shows caregivers of people with dementia losing 3.5 hours of sleep each week

If you are a family caregiver, you know how hard the role can be, especially when a loved one is suffering from dementia. Managing daily tasks of care, organizing medications and coordinating schedules can lead to lots of stress and frustration. All of this stress and extra work, on top of your normal family and work commitments can leave you …

Middle Income Baby Boomers Are Making Serious Financial Sacrifices to Be Caregivers, Study Shows

Nearly half of middle income baby boomers expect to become family caregivers in the near future, according to a new study from the Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement.  With 10,000 Americans turning 65 each day, that means the ranks of family caregivers will only continue to grow.  Unfortunately, these boomers are forced to make serious financial and personal …

32% of Employees Quit Jobs to Provide Informal Care at Home

Employers across the country are grossly underestimating the impact of family caregiving on their businesses.  According to a recent study from Harvard Business School, 32% of employees reported leaving their jobs at some point because of family caregiving obligations.  While nearly 3 in 4 employees report having some sort of current caregiving obligation, over half of employers do not track …

4 Surprises Facing Family Caregivers

It is no surprise that as our population ages, more and more people are forced to step up as family caregivers for loved ones in need.  However, a recent report from Forbes shows that many of these newly minted caregivers are surprised by the challenges they face.  Caregiving is often much more difficult than expected, with new responsibilities and daily …

VA expanding support for family caregivers, but enrollment, engagement still lag

The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved 41,000 applications by veterans in need of support for family caregivers in the past several years, but only about half of applicants  have been able to participate.  According to a report from Military Times, despite increased funding for caregivers through a $52B veterans support bill, nearly 30% of enrollees in the program drop …

A modern job description for family caregivers? “Whatever need to be done”

Defining the job of the 40 million family caregivers in America can be summed in one phrase: “Whatever needs to be done.”  According to a recent post from Health Affairs, despite efforts of policy makers to compartmentalize the myriad tasks facing family caregivers into basic Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), family caregivers are …