PITTSBURGH, Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- eCareDiary, the leading online community for family caregivers of aging loved ones, announced today a licensing agreement with ArchCare, the not-for-profit continuing care community of the Archdiocese of New York. ArchCare offers Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid Long Term Care and senior care services including home care nursing, assisted living, palliative care and insurance health plans. ArchCare will use eCareDiary's online services to engage and support the needs of family caregivers who face the challenges and stress of caring for an aging loved one.
"We have a deep respect for the role that friends and families play in the care of seniors. Our partnership with eCareDiary brings a new and valuable set of tools to our members and their caregivers," said Ray Gannon, Vice President of Managed Care for ArchCare.
Caregiving is time-consuming, costly, and stressful for caregivers and employers. The average caregiver spends 4 years, 19 hours per week and as much as $10,000 per year managing care. Caregiving stress costs employers $13B per year in added health care spending and $17-34B per year in lost productivity.
"eCareDiary was inspired by the challenge my family faced caring for our parents. Our goal was to create a resource that organized and informed caregivers to meet the challenges they will face and to help simplify their lives," said Susan Baida, Co-Founder and President of eCareDiary.
eCareDiary's services expands ArchCare's website, archcare.org, by offering a new, fully branded section called "Support for the Family Caregiver" where family caregivers have free access to care coordination tools, resources and secure social media to simplify the caregiving experience. One of the key features is the Care Diary, where a family caregiver can privately organize appointments, manage medications, store important documents, start a journal and set up a Care Circle. Educational content provided by eCareDiary includes articles and expert Q&A, written by experts in the field of eldercare or medicine, radio podcasts, webinars and video shows. The message boards allow family caregivers to ask a question or start a discussion with others potentially sharing similar experiences.
About eCareDiary Inc.
eCareDiary, Inc. licenses online care coordination tools and content to help clients serve the growing population of family caregivers caring for an aging parent or loved one diagnosed with long term illness. eCareDiary's clients include a wide range of industries including senior care, employee assistance, and health insurance. eCareDiary.com has been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and was named a Silver Award Winner by The 2010 New Product & Technology Awards, an awards program that recognizes the world's best technologies, products and services for older adults and their families. eCareDiary is featured in AARP.org as one of the "11 Technologies You'll Want Now" and winner of Today's Caregiver Magazine's 2010 Caregiver Friendly Award.
ArchCare is the Continuing Care Community of the Archdiocese of New York and one of the nation's largest and most dynamic healthcare systems. ArchCare provides quality care to thousands of people of all faiths through its home and community-based residential care programs, including long term skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, home care, healthcare coordination plans, hospice, an acute care specialty hospital and specialized services for people with Huntington's disease, HIV/AIDS, developmental disabilities and other focused care needs.
Contact: Susan Baida
Cell Phone: 646-489-0425