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The Value of a Healthcare Navigator

Why is having a nurse navigator so important to the well-being of our aging population at home?

Many of us may not know it yet, or have not experienced it yet, but some day, as we or our parents get older are going to come face to face with a new and unexpected complexity in our lives: navigating the health-care and home-care systems.  These convoluted systems make a financial planner’s Monte-Carlo investment simulations look like a game of Shoots & Ladders.

The worst part is that people needing care or family members getting care for the loved ones feel helpless. This is compounded with the onset of old age or chronic illness. Often, older adults and their families can only hope their care providers in the health care system will treat them with their best interests in mind.  Too often doctors and nurses and therapists and other healthcare staff are overburdened and cannot offer the best care nor do their best work.  Remember, hospitals and the healthcare system are huge, and you are just a number in many cases.

In the future, families are going to need someone who can help them navigate these ever more labyrinth entities.  The complexity of the healthcare system in conjunction with the ever-increasing elderly population is going to give rise to a new type of professional known as a Geriatric Care Manager.

These individuals act as advocates and advisors for aging individuals both inside and outside a hospital.  According to a recent Market Watch article, “Is it worth paying an expert to help you navigate the health-care system?; a geriatric care manager is worth between $2,500 and $4,000 per year. These individuals do not personally provide care themselves. Instead they collect and present information, help to design a care plan, and navigate the health care system to implement and facilitate that plan on behalf of the family that pays them. They are guides for families who must travel the sometimes-bumpy modern road of aging.

The most experienced geriatric care managers tend to have years of experience at home health agencies delivering geriatric care management services.  While using nurses in this fashion is common with home health agencies, is rare to find this service used in private duty care. One company, Well Beyond Care has seen this need and offers, as part of its service, nurse navigators to any individuals who join.

“We understand that in-home care for the elderly is more than just getting a caregiver in the home,” states Well Beyond Care’s co-founded and Chief Nursing Offer Lauren Tarrant, RN. “We knew when we started Well Beyond Care that the value we were bringing with our nurses comes from their experience and knowledge of the complex healthcare system, and in helping families navigate their care needs on a personal level.”

“Part of the reason I started Well Beyond Care was because when I had to take care of my mother, there was no service available to help me deliver care from Austin to her in Alexandria, VA,” states CEO and President Jeffrey Fry.  He goes on to say, “there could soon come a time that navigating the morass of the health care system without a healthcare manager will seem just as foolhardy as diving into the legal system without a lawyer or the financial markets without a financial advisor.  We want our nurses to work toward the comprehensive well-being of our clients and their families; and provide them with the information to make well-informed decisions about their loved one’s care. Having this ability can save families thousands of dollars, not to speak of the well-being of their loved ones. Our nurses are there to lower stress and help families make correct decisions.”

Well Beyond Care gives caregivers and those who need care the tools to manage their in-home care online. Caregivers, registered nurses, certified nurse assistants, and geriatric care managers can use the website to be best matched with careseekers looking for care, set their wages, post their weekly availability, receive weekly payment, and build their resume and portfolio with real experience. Careseekers and family members looking for someone to give care for their parents or loved ones, can use the website to search for qualified nurses, CNAs and caregivers, are matched with a caregiver who can best can deliver care to specific care needs, monitor their caregivers’ schedules and payment online and receive personal support from the nurse that is assigned to them when they join. Join for free today at WellBeyondCare.com

Well Beyond Care Overall Winner of Rice Alliance Pitch Event

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

Well Beyond Care Overall Winner of Rice Alliance Pitch Event

A Health Tech Company Disintermediating Private Duty Care was Selected as Overall Winner over Ten Companies Presenting at the 2017 Startup Pitch Competition

Austin, TX, January 25, 2017 – Well Beyond Care, an online caregiving matchmaker service that is disintermediating private duty care, won the first Rice Alliance-Austin Chapter and Central Texas Angel Network pitch competition on Wednesday night at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar.  With overall winner’s prize package is worth more than $100,000 including “in kind” prizes from Andrews Kurth, Capital Factory and other companies.

2017PitchAwardRice Alliance and CTAN picked ten Texas-based seed stage companies out of 67 who applied to present at the event.  Jeffrey Fry, CEO and Co-Founder, came up with the idea for Well Beyond Care after caring for his ailing mom, who lived in Alexandria, Virginia for seven years.

“First it is an honor to have been chosen to present with so many fine Austin startups,” Mr. Fry stated.  “And to be selected the overall winner just gives testament to the pressing need to resolved the “silver tsunami” of geriatric care in the U.S.,” Mr. Fry added.

“Being an engineer, I wanted to create something better than what’s out there. Together with my co-founder, Lauren Tarrant, RN, we created an innovative online platform that allows families to hire their own caregivers and resolve most of the pervasive problems in private duty care.  This platform not only save families $10K to $30K in caregiver cost but families now can hire a caregiver of their choosing, that are matched to their needs, and are dependable, reliable, affordable, and available,” Mr. Fry concluded.

Lauren Tarrant added, “today, more than seven and half million people are getting in home care. The market is $120 billion for in home care, but by the end of the decade it’s going to be $180 billion. And 95 percent of all the people who get in-home or private duty care use an agency. They are first off, extremely expensive and we wanted to now allow a more affordable choice for families.  In addition, the two biggest problems with those agencies are truancy and turnover of workers. So, you get unreliable care. Winning this award gets us one step closer to realizing the dream of affordable in home care.”

Well Beyond Care, founded in 2014, has raised $310,000 in seed stage capital so far. The company is raising additional funds to build new features into its it platform including a mobile app and more administrative reporting.  Project Balance has been contracted to develop this applications and the company is looking to launch their platform in May of 2017.

The other finalists in the Austin Rice Alliance pitch competition included:

Anderson Remplex: This Flower Mound-based startup created a product called ProROX to eliminate pathogens from food products for commercial kitchens and consumers.

HipPocket: This Dallas-based startup created a better search and marketing product for real estate listings using machine learning, data and analytics. The company says it transforms how buyer and sales agents connect and consumers buy homes.

Renovate Simply: This Austin-based startup created a home renovation platform for banks, credit unions and other lending institutions to automate the home renovation process and provide increased transparency and reduce risk.

Cingo: This Austin-based startup provides the technology for companies to embed real time in app customer support in their mobile apps.

Homads: This Austin-based startup created a marketplace for month to month rentals of 30 or more days.

Sandbox Commerce: This Austin-based startup created a simply to use system that allows retailers to create a mobile app easily without any knowledge of coding.

SigTrak – This Austin-based startup created technology for data extraction and analytics for microchip design.

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.