Congress passes and Trump signs national caregiver support act

Last week, Congress passed and President Trump signed the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Support Act.  The bipartisan act, which was supported by the AARP, elevates caregiving to a national priority and will create an advisory committee dedicated to creating a national strategy for supporting caregivers and organizing resources.  This is important on two fronts.  First, it …

Remote Monitoring Is Not Enough

genusConnect was designed on the belief that care is more than medical, and that only by engaging the four core needs of care, mental, physical, emotional, financial, can you have a positive impact on a patient (and caregiver’s) quality of life, health, and well being.  That belief is being backed up by a recently published study in Nature titled “Impact of remote …

Study: Engaged caregivers lower readmissions by 25%

Recent research from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has shown that engaged family caregivers lower patient readmission rates by up to 25%.  This is big news for hospitals, who are under pressure to lower readmission rates through recently enacted readmission penalties from the Center For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  With the average cost of a readmission for seniors …

Caregiver workforce has doubled, but it’s still not enough

The nation’s aging population means that more and more people will require a full time caregiver.  While the caregiver workforce has doubled in recent years, new research shows that it still is not enough to meet growing demand.  That means caregivers, both family and professional, will have to do more with less.  That is why we created genus.  Our easy …

Report: Caregiving linked to sleep deprivation

If you are currently or have ever been a caregiver for someone you love, you know the strains it puts on you, both emotionally and physically.  So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a new study shows that informal caregiving is linked to sleep deprivation in adults.  Just like you lose sleep over things like your job, bills, taxes, …