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Well Beyond Care to be Interviewed by Dr. Mara Karpel

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Lauren Tarrant, RN
COO/CNO
Well Beyond Care, Inc.
(512) 809-4057
lauren@wellbeyondcare.com

Well Beyond Care to be Interviewed by Dr. Mara Karpel

Founders Lauren Tarrant and Jeffrey Fry discuss how their Health Tech Company is Disrupting the Private Duty Industry

Austin, TX, September 10, 2017 –Well Beyond Care’s founders will be discussing how their company offers an alternative solution to the broken system of private duty care through its online service in an interview on Dr. Mara Karpel’s Your Golden Years radio show on Sunday, September 17th, 2017.

Well Beyond Care, launched in late July for 2017, is already operating in seven (7) states and fifteen (15) major metropolitan areas within their first six weeks of operations.  The founders will discuss the journey of getting this revolutionary service up and running and some of the hurdles they still need to overcome in the private pay, private duty caregiving marketplace.  You can find out more about this scheduled interview here.

Well Beyond Care is all about helping families hire affordable, compatible caregivers for their aging parents,” states the company’s Chief Operations Officer, Lauren Tarrant, RN.  Ms. Tarrant also states, “families are under a lot of stress when they discover that they need to have someone care for mom and dad.  In most instances, the adult children live out of town, and knowing that there is a nurse in the neighborhood is a great relief. We just want to keep the stress level down, and nurses are the best way to do that.”

Jeffrey Fry, Well Beyond Care’s CEO and President adds, “the only way we can support our rapidly growing client base is to combine the high touch of nursing, with the high-tech of our online application.”  He goes on to state, “the only way we can make families feel comfortable with our new way of delivering services on a nationwide level is to have a network of nurses helping with professional capability as part of our service.”

The Company has been working on this new application for over three (3) years, and its initial acceptance has been overwhelming.  Management added that they projection for 2018 will be to accelerate the hiring of more nurses to meet the demand for their services nationwide, and is also working with major organizations dealing with caregiving to alleviate some of the major shortcomings of private duty care.

About Dr. Mara Karpel & Your Golden Years:
Dr. Mara Karpel & Your Golden Years radio program delivered its first show broadcasting from Blog Talk Radio, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Since then, she has done over 100 broadcasts on topics covering aging, caregiving, and issues to improve your “golden years.” Dr. Mara Karpel is a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with adults of all ages who desire to reach their full potential, no matter their age or health condition. In addition, Dr. Karpel has a specialty of working with older adults and with caregivers.

Each week you can listen to the Live Stream of her show on Sunday’s from 5:00PM till 7:00PM (CST) on Blog Talk Radio as well as archived shows here: yourgoldenyears. In addition, her show is also broadcasted locally in Austin on AM 1350.  More at: drmarakarpel.com

About Well Beyond Care:
Well Beyond Care provides the tools that help you plan care and allow your loved ones to safely age in place.  It is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover.  Our platform combines the power of the internet with the personal touch of nurses to offer families a pathway to transitional care, allowing our elderly parents to safely age-in-place. This solution lowers stress in hiring a caregiver and saves families tens of thousands of dollars per year in care costs.   Its online system combines the best in Caregiver matching (searching, screening, ratings & hiring) with all the back-office functions (time worked, payroll, scheduling, and notifications) to ensure safe, reliable, dependable, affordable care is obtained. It is the only company that gives each Careseeker access to their own local, personal nurse to help guide them through the hiring process. The Careseeker’s nurse provides advice on healthcare options and aids with transitional care.

Easy to use, and free to join, Well Beyond Care empowers Careseekers and those looking for care. More at: wellbeyondcare.com or at (844) 4WB-CARE (844-492-2273).

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How Can I find the Best Caregiver for my Parents?

More than ever, we live in a long-distance society and finding the best caregiver for your parents requires a lot of consideration. To begin with, being far away and entrusting your aging parents in the hands of others may be a tough decision, but knowing that they are in the good hands of a trusted and qualified caregiver can lower stress, give you and your parents piece of mind, keep them out of the hospital, and actually prolong the length and quality of life for them.

Before making any decisions, it is important to know your options in choosing the best caregiving means for your parents. There are a number of live-in facilities offering caregiving, and it’s up to you to decide which option best suits your parent’s individual caregiving needs. It is vital that you get to know each healthcare facility and what they have to offer, which will allow you to decide whether or not you are making all the right decisions for your folks. It is advisable at this juncture to try and locate a healthcare professional who knows the good versus poor facilities in your area.  You might be shocked at the exorbitant cost of housing your parents in a healthcare facility, and may decide that hiring a in home private caregiver is actually the best option.

In-Home Care: An Excellent Health Care Option

In most cases, having to leave one’s home to move into a nursing home or assisted living facility gives elderly patients unnecessary anxiety and stress. Alternatively, hiring an in-home caregiver to come take care of your parent in their home where they are comfortable and familiar alleviates this stress. They can get the same health care and assistance they require from the comfort of their home through personalized home health care services.

There are a number of different levels of home caregiving at a varying range of pricing that you can choose from, depending on the particular needs of your parents. You can employ a geriatric care manager to help you determine which level of care or qualification your parents might need. Qualification levels include Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), Skilled Caregivers, and Companions or Homemakers. Their qualifications and expertise may vary, but these professionals and skilled health care workers provide assistance to their elderly home care clients in their clients’ own homes.

The responsibilities that these home health care professionals provide range from assisting their elderly clients undertake their daily tasks of living, such as taking a bath, using the toilet and administering medicine, to other routine activities that aging patients may need help with, such as going to a doctor appointment, grocery shopping and doing laundry.

What You Need to Know About a Home Care Provider

As soon as you have decided to hire a home health caregiver for your parents, the next thing you need to do is decide which duties that caregiver will need to perform to effectively care for your parents. For instance, you may address the following points concerning your caregiver of choice:

  • Skills or qualifications
  • Recommendations from past patients or clients
  • Number of years experience in caregiving
  • Accreditations and licenses
  • Confidentiality and client privacy policies
  • Records of inspections, ratings, and client satisfaction
  • Criminal background check

Apart from these concerns, you should also consider your budget. Hiring an in-home caregiver is typically much more affordable than nursing home or assisted living facility care. But more importantly, it is all about looking for a caregiver that offers the service that your parents require, at a rate you can afford.

Hiring an individual skilled caregiver is an excellent way to save money while building a close personal relationship with a high quality care professional.  But in saving money, make sure you are NOT endangering your parents by hiring an unscreened or unqualified caregiver.

Well Beyond Care gives both caregivers and those who need care the tools to manage their in-home care online. Caregivers, registered nurses and geriatric care managers can use the website to be matched with Careseekers and their family members who are looking for care, set their wages and weekly schedule, receive weekly payment, and build their resume and portfolio with real experience. Careseekers, or family members looking for someone to help care for their parents or loved ones, can use the website to be matched with caregivers who best match their specific care needs, monitor their caregivers’ schedules, and make payment online and receive personal, local support from a local Nurse Care-Pair Manager. These Nurse Care-Pair Managers offer assistance in understanding what is available with care in your community as well as helping you navigate any issues you might run into using the Well Beyond Care website. Join for free today at WellBeyondCare.com.

Well Beyond Care Selected as Finalist for Austin Rice Alliance Event January 25

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Lauren Tarrant, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Well Beyond Care, Inc.
(512) 809-4057
lauren@wellbeyondcare.com

Well Beyond Care Selected as Finalist for Austin Rice Alliance Event January 25

A Health Tech Company Disintermediating Private Duty Care has Been Chosen as One of Ten Companies Presenting at the 2017 Startup Pitch Competition

Austin, TX, January 20, 2017 –Well Beyond Care, an online company taking private duty care to the next level, is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of the finalists for the Rice Alliance startup pitch competition for emerging companies in the Austin area.   Well Beyond Care will compete against 9 other startups that are looking to move to the next level.  For more information on the Wednesday, January 25th event, follow this link.

Well Beyond Care is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover.  Our platform uses the power of the internet to offer families the ability to care for their aging parents from a distance, allowing them to safely age-in-place. The company also provides nurses to help with healthcare resources, support and transition care in and from the healthcare community in an effort to avoid emergent visits, hospitalizations and nursing home placement. This solution lowers stress when hiring a caregiver and saves families on average $10,000 to $30,000 per year in care costs.

RiceALogRice Alliance – Austin Chapter and the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), along with sponsor American Bank, are teaming up to host a special pitch competition that will offer valuable in-kind prizes and a potential for a significant cash investment to the company with the best business pitch.

The target companies for this competition are pre-Series A and have raised less than $1 million to date. Competing companies will give a 3-minute pitch to a panel of judges and a large theater audience. Networking with judges, sponsors, other presenters, and audience members will provide further opportunities to discuss business ideas.

“It is always great for Well Beyond Care to showcase how our online service can help adult children with aging (geriatric) parents solve the serious and upsetting concern regarding what to do to keep mom and dad safe and at home. With the sophisticated healthcare development over the past 50 years, seniors are living longer and this creates an ever growing need for personal care, and this crisis is only getting bigger as more than 65,000 baby boomers retire every week,” states Jeffrey Fry, CEO of Well Beyond Care.  “We know that there is a huge opportunity for a company to solve this looming crisis in caregiving, and it will be wonderful to also present with other Austin startups,” Mr. Fry added.

About Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter:
Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter aids entrepreneurs and investors alike, principally through educational events and workshops but also through mentoring, funding, partnership, and networking. The Austin Chapter was formed in 2003 as the successful Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship initiative at Rice University in Houston expanded its footprint. Austin was an obvious choice and the Austin Chapter now claims an important space in the entrepreneurial community in the capital city. Learn more at austinricealliance.org.

About CTAN:
Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) is the largest angel investing network in Texas, and the #1 most active single-chapter group in the nation (for 2015).  It mission is twofold:  To provide quality early-stage investment opportunities for accredited angel investors, and to assist entrepreneurs and early-stage growth companies by serving as a key source of funding, mentorship, strategic advice, and educational resources. CTAN was founded in 2006 by local investors and community leaders, who believed that early-stage investing could provide a meaningful return for investors while also spurring local economic growth. Individual members of the organization volunteered their time and expertise to review potential investments and assist entrepreneurs.  Learn more at centraltexasangelnetwork.com.

Well Beyond Care Selected as Finalist for AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch Event April 27

For Immediate Release

 Contact:
Lauren Tarrant, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Well Beyond Care, Inc.
(512) 809-4057
lauren@wellbeyondcare.com

Well Beyond Care Selected as Finalist for AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch Event April 27

A Health Tech Company Disintermediating Private Duty Care has Been Chosen as One of Ten Companies Competing at Unique Dual-Pitch Event Bringing Together Health Tech Experts and Investors, as well as AARP Member Consumers

Austin, TX, March 29, 2016 –Well Beyond Care, an online company taking private duty care to the next level, is pleased today to announce it has been selected as one of the finalists for AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch, the one day pitch competition for emerging startups in the healthy living space with a focus on caregiving.   Well Beyond Care will compete against 9 other startups that represent the best in health tech startups.  For more information on the Wednesday, April 27 event, go to http://health50.org/.

WBCLogo2Well Beyond Care is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover, and at the same time offering a pathway to transitional care to help HHAs accomplish their Clinical Outcomes and Customer Service goals.  Why? Because seniors fall into a black hole post healthcare discharge and wind up back in the hospital, emergency room or nursing home because their care was not transitioned, support and resources were not secured and family and friends went on with their busy lives… at a distance.  We offer a way to change this. We have to… Seniors as well as those that are infirmed, are living through their 90’s and even older and continue to strive to live in their homes with and without family support. Our nurses are experienced Home Health and Hospice Nurses that are well equipped to provide resources and local healthcare connections.

AARP’s Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch event, held at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA, begins with speaking sessions on caregiving, and then a keynote with Nancy LeaMond, chief advocacy and engagement officer, AARP.   The afternoon will showcase ten companies, including Well Beyond Care, who were selected from over 200 applicants.

The ten will be presenting their business focus on stage before a panel of expert judges and an audience filled with AARP members, the actual intended end users of these solutions.  Representing AARP’s 38 million members, these consumers will share feedback in real-time on business viability, interest and value, providing the companies absolutely invaluable market data on the spot.   Lauren Tarrant, RN, Chief Nursing Officer of Well Beyond Care, will have three minutes to pitch how Well Beyond Care is solving unique healthcare needs of people 50 and over, and/or their caregivers.

“This is a great opportunity for Well Beyond Care to showcase how our online service can help adult children with geriatric parents solve the every nagging problem of what to do with mom and dad,” states Jeffrey Fry, CEO of Well Beyond Care.  “We know getting great care is much more than just doing matching, and that is why we also focus on services and resources with our Nurse Care Pair Managers. We are trying to take care to the next level, and close the loop on offering a continuation of transitional care from the hospital, to home health, and back into the home. I personally feel our goals and those of AARP align perfectly concerning the over 50 population and am so excited to be a part of this great event,” Mr. Fry concluded.

About AARP:

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

 

AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch Announces Ten Finalists for Pitch Event April 27

For Immediate Release

Contact:

Laura Beck, for AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch
512-786-1098
laurabeck@adeointeractive.com
 
AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch Announces Ten Finalists for Pitch Event April 27
 
Health Tech Startups Focused on Caregiving To Pitch Industry Expert Judges and Consumer End Users Sharing Real-Time Feedback

Washington DC, March 29, 2016 – AARP is pleased to announce the ten finalist companies for its fifth Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch event which will be held Wednesday, April 27 at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA.  Ten startup health tech companies focused on caregiving were selected from over 200 applicants to pitch their businesses at this unique one day dual-pitch event.  For more information and to register to attend at a price of only $299.00 for the full day,  please visit http://health50.org/.

“We were very impressed by this year’s applicants,” said Jody Holtzman, senior vice president, Enterprise Strategy and Innovation, AARP.  “It is refreshing to know there are so many companies focused on technology solutions for people 50 and over, as well as their caregivers.  With literally millions of Americans requiring assistance and millions of others providing unpaid care to these folks, there is an immense need.  Technology companies are rising up to deliver solutions to meet these needs and we will showcase many April 27th.”

According to AARP data in its recently issued Caregiving Innovation Frontiers (CIF) study, the caregiving market is expected to reach $72 billion by 2020, with $62 billion of that coming from caregiver’s out of pocket spending. Right now, 40 million Americans are providing unpaid care of aging, disabled, or other people in need of assistance. By 2020, 117 million Americans will need assistance of some kind, yet the overall number of caregivers is only expected to reach 45 million. More is here: http://www.aarp.org/cif

AARP’s Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch is a one day pitch competition for emerging startups in the healthy living space with a focus on caregiving. The event will begin with speaking sessions on caregiving, and then a keynote with Nancy LeaMond, chief advocacy and engagement officer, AARP.  The afternoon will showcase ten companies presenting their business focus on stage before a panel of expert judges and an audience filled with AARP members, the actual intended end users of these solutions.  Representing AARP’s 38 million members, these consumers will share feedback in real-time on business viability, interest and value, providing the companies absolutely invaluable market data on the spot.
The 10 finalists selected to present at AARP Health Innovation@50+ include:

  • Cake, Boston, MA, is the easiest way to do end-of-life planning. Cake breaks down a daunting and difficult task into simple, bite-size chunks, and provides experts who can answer questions. The online CAKE profile is a living document of end-of-life preferences that is easy to access, update, and share. @JoinCakeApp
  • Medivizor, Ramat Gan, Israel, provides people with serious or chronic medical conditions, or their medical teams, all the cutting edge information they need know – personalized just for them. @medivizor
  • Penrose Senior Care Auditors, Dallas, TX, provides the first and only tech/app-enabled senior care auditing solution to ensure seniors are okay while providing families peace-of-mind, creating the senior care auditing category. @penrosecheckin
  • Picnichealth, San Francisco, CA, helps patients and their families manage their medical records. Picnichealth collects records on a patient’s behalf, maintains a single up-to-date medical chart, and coordinate between providers. @picnichealth
  • Savor Health, New York, NY, is a technology-enabled provider of cost effective, personalized nutrition solutions for people with cancer whose nutritional issues cause poor clinical and quality of life outcomes. Through its smart, personalized recommendation engine and a network of distribution partners, Savor empowers cancer patients and their caregivers to take control of their nutritional needs. @savor_health
  • SeniorHabitat, New York, NY, is the first centralized, tour booking and informational website that simplifies care transitions while decreasing time, costs and hospital readmission rates. SeniorHabitat facilitates healthcare decisions by helping seniors, caregivers and hospitals navigate the overwhelming process of senior care facility selection to improve care transitions. @seniorhabitat
  • SensaRx, LLC, New York, NY, launched its SafeWander Button Sensor in November 2015, and is focused on patient safety and caregivers’ wellbeing in both assisted living facilities and the home. The company emanated from the Founder’s family struggles to care for his grandfather with Alzheimer’s disease. @safewander
  • Singfit, Los Angeles, CA, combines a growing body of scientific research on the health benefits of prescribed singing with a proprietary music platform in order to mass distribute the benefits of music as medicine. Focused on dementia care, its debut product SingFit PRIME is the winner of the USC Keck School of Medicine Body Computing Prize. @MusicalHealthT
  • UnaliWear, Austin, TX, has its Kanga Watch that allows discreet support for falls, medication reminders and a guard against wandering in a classically-styled watch with an easy-to-use speech interface rather than buttons. Kanga Watch works wherever you are, 24×7, and doesn’t require a smart phone (because it’s built in). UnaliWear’s artificial intelligence learns the wearer’s lifestyle to provide predictive, pre-emptive support.   @UnaliWear
  • Well Beyond Care, Austin, TX, is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover, and at the same time offering a pathway to transitional care to help HHAs accomplish their Clinical Outcomes and Customer Service goals. @WellBeyondCare

The four alternates include:

  • Care3, Los Angeles, CA, is a leading mobile health technology company focusing on creating groundbreaking applications that meet the needs of home and community-based caregivers. The Care3 care-sharing platform for patients, families, and their care teams makes it easy to coordinate care and assist with activities of daily living. @care3app
  • Care Angel, Miami, FL, an award winning, patent-pending  intelligent virtual caregiving assistant technology that delivers high quality senior care, provides peace of mind for family caregivers and cost-savings for the health care industry, especially for payers and providers.@MyCareAngel
  • SafeBeyond, Tel Aviv, Israel, is an innovative online and mobile app platform for the management and future delivery of personalized messages and digital assets. The service allows users to create and store video, audio and text messages for loved ones, and decide when and where those messages will be shared with them. @Safe_Beyond
  • teleCalm, Dallas, TX, developed the first home phone service for the 5.3 million seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The teleCalm phone service instantly protects seniors from ALL scammers and telemarketers, with easy setup and remote monitoring via the caregiver’s smartphone. @teleCalm

Previous AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch events have been held in Boston, Las Vegas and New Orleans, with last year’s event in Miami showcasing technology innovation across Florida.  Finalists from the previous four events have raised over $80 million in investments and four companies have been acquired.

Press are invited to attend the 5th AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch event gratis and may register by contacting Laura Beck, laurabeck@adeointeractive.com.  Representatives from AARP and past winners and finalists, as well as judges, are also available for interviews.

Please mark your calendar now to join us Wednesday April 27, 2016 at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA to see the most exciting startup companies in the “50 and over” Health technology sector.  Register to attend the event at http://health50.org/.

The AARP Health Innovation @50+ LivePitch event is produced with support by Adeo InterActive.

About AARP:

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at ww.aarp.org.

“Hiring Caregivers”

Lauren Tarrant, CNO
Lauren Tarrant, CNO

Lauren Tarrant, RN and Jeffrey Fry of Well Beyond Care are addressing the issues of high costs of caregiving and the low wages of caregivers in a unique way with their new company, Well Beyond Care. Don’t miss this episode as it is packed with information that will validate why it’s so hard and how they can help. ..listen here. The first 30 seconds or so, are not very audible.. it describes how Well Beyond Care came into existence.