Sunday, August 17, 2014

CareLinx CEO Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

"In memory of my uncle, my role model and my father figure growing up who had ALS, I took the #icebucketchallenge after being challenged by Greg, a current ALS patient fighting the disease since 2009. I am honored that Greg reached out to challenge me. My heart goes out to you, your family and all the families struggling with ALS." - CareLinx CEO Sherwin Sheik

For more about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, see the ALS Association website.  ALS stands for Amyotropic lateral sclerosis and also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. 

Successful Aging Celebration

Team CareLinx enjoyed a beautiful day in Palo Alto at the Successful Aging Celebration hosted by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation on Saturday, August 16th.  We are always here to help families and caregivers!!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CareLinx Featured in TIME Magazine

On July 30, TIME Magazine writer Christina DesMarais featured CareLinx in Techlicious, her Tech How-To column headed "5 Cash-Saving Tech Tools." Read the section devoted to our company at "Save on In-Home Health Care: CareLinx."

We thank our caregiver community for the hard work and commitment to helping families in need. The Time article is welcome recognition.

CareLinx is a secure home care social network that empowers families to directly connect with compatible caregivers and cost-effectively manage all their home care services online. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

White House - Caregiver Data Jam on July 23

America is experiencing is a caregiver crisis for military and civilian families. The CareLinx Team is proud and pleased that our CEO Sherwin Skeik has been invited to Washington, DC to participate in a Caregiver Data Jam, a design and data-focused workshop by Joining Forces, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and AARP. The July 23, 2014 workshop brings together technologists, designers and policy makers to brainstorm new services, tools and apps to support America’s caregivers and the individuals they serve. 

Joining Forces is a White House initiative started three years ago by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to engage all sectors of society to give service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. 

The National Alliance for Caregiving has just published a report for the Jam, "Catalyzing Technology to Support Family Caregiving". CareLinx is included on a Technology Solutions chart under "finding home care" (page 6). 

CareLinx is a secure home care social network that empowers families to directly connect with compatible caregivers and cost-effectively manage all their home care services online. Explore our website at and follow us on 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Caregiver Comic Strip Launched - July

This summer, the CareLinx Team is introducing a comic strip featuring Rusty, a retired watchdog, and his caregiver, "CC" the Companion Cat. Each Sunday, we invite you to learn more about this duo, how they get to know one another, and the issues they talk about. From time to time, they may ask their readers a question or two! We hope you will enjoy Rusty and "CC" and share them with family and friends.  Here is the first week in the series.

If you are like us, these two characters will grow on you and from time to time you will start asking yourself, "what would Rusty and CC say about that topic" or "what would Rusty and CC do in that situation?" If you do start having those conversations, please write them down and send them to us! We would love to hear them. 

Launched on July 13, 2014, the comic series will appear each Sunday on CareLinx's Facebook and Pinterest sites. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Can’t Miss Resources for Family Caregivers

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get all the information on caregiving you needed without having to scramble?  After all, you have way too much on your plate already. Maybe you’re taking care of more than one person—a child and a parent, two parents, a parent and an in-law, a spouse and a parent—the possible configurations are endless. Whether it’s one or more, it’s a huge commitment.

To save you time, we’ve compiled a list of non-profits, organizations, and websites that will give you what you need: local and national resources, online forums to swap advice, vent, and stay sane, brochures, booklets, articles and hotlines. These folks are experts!

So let’s get started:

Disease-Specific Organizations

They know about resources in your community, besides online, and problems (and solutions) related to your situation. They’ll also connect you with others who’ve been in your boat. Groups include the Alzheimer’s Association ( and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (,
the American Heart Association ( , American Cancer Society ( and the American Parkinson Disease Association (  Some, like the Alzheimer’s Association, have a 24-hour hotline.

Groups for Family Caregivers

The National Alliance for Caregiving ( is chocked full of resources, booklets, tip sheets, and webcasts

Caregiver Action Network ( offers forums, support and advocacy groups, agencies, and the latest news that could affect you as a caregiver. Its website has an ultra comprehensive list of resources.

Family Caregiver Alliance ( has free online publications on various topics, caregiving facts sheets, and lots of other info

Well Spouse Association ( is a
membership organization that provides support to caregiving spouses and partners of those who are critically ill or disabled

Directories and Resource Centers

Eldercare Locator ( is a U.S. government service for older adults and their families through the U.S. Administration on Aging. It allows  you to search by topic (i.e. “caregiver,” “home repair and modification,” “elder abuse prevention,” “transportation,” “housing options”) for resources in your community and/or have an online chat with a specialist.

The n4a, a.k.a. the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (, administers the Eldercare Locator as well as the National Center on Senior Transportation or NCST (  Your local Area Agency on Aging will be a goldmine of information! Staff know about special programs, new initiatives, non-profit and government agencies that offer help, and basically, anything relating to the elderly in your community. NCST steers you to all things transportation-related.

The National Resource Directory (
connects wounded and ill veterans, their families with services and resources. It also supports military members who have been killed.

AARP Caregiving Resource Center ( is packed with forums, blogs for family caregivers, articles, work sheets, and tools (like a long-term care calculator)

National Adult Day Services Association (
pinpoints adult daycare centers nation-wide

The National Center for Creative Aging (
lists creative arts programs (dance, theatre, writing, poetry, storytelling, museums) around the country for older adults in community settings and long-term care. Some are intergenerational.

End of life

Caring Connections ( has brochures on end-of-life issues such as caregiving, hospice, palliative care, advance care directives, grief and finance, (
steers you to a hospice near your loved one

National Respite Locator Service ( is designed for families of kids with special needs and caregivers of adults and the elderly

The Conversation Project ( helps people have the conversation with their loved ones about end of life. It has a starting kit to get you going, and shares how others have handled the situation

Training for family caregivers:

American Red Cross ( puts on programs around the country for caregivers

Friday, December 20, 2013

Why A Geriatric Care Manager Can Be A Huge Help

Here’s a tip for families with a parent, relative or ailing sibling who are overwhelmed, don’t know what community resources are available, or want someone to oversee their loved one’s care. It’s called a geriatric care manager (GCM). 

At a time when you’re already overwhelmed, stressed, and time-starved, a GCM can be a godsend. They do the legwork for you and know the best programs and experts in the senior’s community.

Think of them as a concierge service, but one that coordinates care, advocates for the client, and looks for ways to improve the quality of their life. In hotel concierge terms, they don’t just get you tickets for a play. They also tell you which play is the best, find a way for you to get there, and make sure you have everything you need, including a companion.

GCMs make a home visit and evaluate your loved one. Then they educate you and other experts about what the senior needs, advocate on their behalf, and problem-solve. Most importantly, a GCM comes up with a care plan.

They can be valuable, regardless of your situation--if Mom, Auntie or your sister lives far away, across town or even in the same house.
A GCM can nicely complement a professional caregiver who you hire on your own. And, if staying at home isn’t in the cards, they know about good assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care places.

Here are some of the things GCM’s may do:

  • Steer families to vetted specialists such as a geriatrician, therapist, elder law attorney, elder mediator, accountant
  • Make sure documents are in order (power of attorney, health care proxy, living will)
  • Act as the eyes and ears of the parent/spouse and family so that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Monitor the help. Head off potential problems like exploitation or financial or elder abuse. Give long-distance family members detailed reports from the home front. 
  • Advocate for the client in the healthcare system and within the family. Attend doctor appointments, coordinate care and communication between multiple health professionals as well as families and physicians
  • Address differences of opinion between siblings or members of a family
  • Tackle finances. Explain the difference between Medicare and Medicaid, for example. If they suggest adult day care or respite care, they’ll know if your parent/spouse is eligible for any government reimbursements or payments.

At the home assessment, the GCM determines: What can Mom do independently, what does she need help with? Can she still pay her own bills or make meals, and if not, who in, or out of, the family will do it? Is the place where she’s living safe, set up for her, and appropriate? How is she doing with her medications? Can she take them independently or is there something that can remind her, like a special pillbox with sensors or a talking clock? How is her memory? How will that be addressed?

A GCM helps with other issues: Does Dad need transportation to appointments or someone to take him to the movies or out to lunch? Is there a senior center nearby where he can discuss current events, play cards, listen to music or just stay socially connected?

The background of a GCM varies (typically nursing, gerontology, psychology or social work). Some GCMs charge for an initial home visit and overall assessment, which might range from $250-$1,000, and then an hourly fee of $75-$200. How and what they charge depends on the person or company they work for. You can use this professional a couple of times or as often as you want. Medicare won’t pick up the tab, but some long-term care insurance companies do.

If you’re think of going the GCM route, be certain the person belongs to the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers ( and that she (or he) is certified. You must use a certified geriatric care manager and someone who can step in 24/7. And speaking of stepping in, don’t wait for a crisis to start your search. Help you find a GCM the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers