Date: September 19, 2017
Contact: Kristin Palm
Phone: (313) 483-1326
Jason Wolfe-Greer, CEO CarePRN
Phone: (989) 400-9441
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Detroit startup CarePRN enables access to licensed, on-demand home health care
Mobile platform aims to end family caregiver burnout
CarePRN introduces a new, convenient way for families to find private duty homecare for their loved ones. The Detroit-based startup has launched a website—CarePRN.com—and mobile smartphone app that enables families to find local, licensed, and background-checked home care providers on demand in Southeast Michigan. There are no long-term contracts and no minimum number of care hours required. Families simply download the CarePRN app or log on to the website, find a care provider and relax.
The CarePRN app and website are intuitive and easy to use. Families can tailor the type of non-medical care they need for each visit. During a care visit, families can monitor, communicate with and securely pay the care providers all through their smartphones or computers. Features also include: in-app notifications, geo-locations, clock-in/clock-out times, a ratings system, aftercare visit summaries and billing statements.
CEO Jason Wolfe-Greer developed the CarePRN concept after becoming a registered nurse while at the same time caring for a terminally ill loved one at home. In 2015, he brought his concept to the annual Hacking Health hackathon at TechTown Detroit. There, he developed both his concept and his team. After participating in a 10-week summer accelerator at TechTown, he continues to receive guidance through the organization’s Business Incubation Center.
“Caring for a loved one can be stressful. No one can do it all, but it is often difficult to find qualified professionals to assist,” explains Wolfe-Greer. “CarePRN makes the process simple. Helping families find home care on-demand will reduce family caregiver burnout, allowing families to care for their loved ones at home longer. When families can care for their loved ones at home longer, their loved ones are happier and have better health outcomes, and families save money.”
Trust is paramount to CarePRN’s model. The company individually vets each care provider through a rigorous four-step process. CarePRN performs background checks on each care provider utilizing the Offender Tracking Information System and a supplemental third-party service. The company then verifies that each care provider has an active license clear of any citations and requires each care provider to complete a pre-interview questionnaire. The care providers are then interviewed before being activated on the CarePRN network.
The CarePRN team actively built relationships within the Detroit medical community and participated in multiple business competitions to help fund the venture. CarePRN has received awards from Hacking Health, the Accelerate Michigan student business competition, the Detroit Technology Exchange program and the Michigan Greenlight business model competition.
“CarePRN is a valuable tool when life happens,” says Shawn Bennis, MSN, RN, Family Caregiver Coordinator and President of iCare4U Employee Resource Group at Henry Ford Health System. “On demand caregiving provides peace of mind when you have to be at work, school or other commitments knowing your loved one will be cared for. This service is a unique option for busy caregivers.”
For more information or to begin using CarePRN, visit www.careprn.com or download the app in the Android or iPhone app stores.
CarePRN’s mission is to provide trusted, quality, on-demand home health care. CarePRN’s vision is to reduce family caregiver burnout and improve the quality of life for families struggling to care for their loved one at home, making our communities a better place to live. CarePRN was founded in 2015 at Detroit-Windsor Hacking Health, and the company is currently being incubated at TechTown Detroit.
About TechTown Detroit:
TechTown is Detroit’s most established business accelerator and incubator, offering a full suite of entrepreneurial services for both tech and neighborhood enterprises. TechTown helps startup and established businesses develop, launch and grow, while strengthening and diversifying the local economy.