High school student creates app to help family’s caregivers

Wednesday, 08 November 2017, 02:51:16 AM. Sometimes when you have a good business idea, you just run with it, even if you are still in high school. Such was the case for Lexington High School student Logan Wells. After his grandmother’s dementia diagnosis, Logan watched his family coordinate the many layers of care required to meet his grandmother’s needs. That included endless phone calls and inefficient ways of getting information back

Sometimes when you have a good business idea, you just run with it, even if you are still in high school. Such was the case for Lexington High School student Logan Wells. After his grandmother’s dementia diagnosis, Logan watched his family coordinate the many layers of care required to meet his grandmother’s needs. That included endless phone calls and inefficient ways of getting information back and forth between family and paid caregivers. This, and his cellphone, sparked an idea.

Wells invented Care­Zare, an app that allows caregivers to create a care team and develop a communication portal for those involved.

“I was 15 when my grandmother first got the diagnosis,” the high school senior said, “and it was hard to watch my parents and aunt coordinate the care.”

With all that was involved in keeping her healthy and able to stay at home, everyone had to be on the same page.

CareZare is designed to take the solitary stress off primary caregivers by allowing them to create a team and monitor tasks. Though Logan had the initial idea, developing the app became a family affair. With the idea in mind, Logan started to teach himself computer coding and spoke with professionals from assisted living facilities for insight.

Logan’s dad, Eric, helped him create the original prototype and coordinated the marketing.

“After we did the extent of what we could for programming and marketing, we found a partner who was using the same platform,” Eric said. This partner was also a father/son team whose wife is a caregiver.

As the app development continued, Logan’s twin brother and older sister shared their thoughts on tweaking the app’s use and reaching out to others in the community for advice and professional tips.

Hallie, Logan’s mother, said the development of the app has united the family in a unique way.

“It’s really fun to get perspective from each other on the same topic,” she said.

Although inventing an app and creating a new business might seem like a lot of work to balance for a high school student, Logan says he has enjoyed the challenge.

Logan says the project helped him to improve his organization and time management skills. After the launch of the app, he plans to see how the app may be leveraged with other care companies and he plans to continue to work on the brand of his app.

“Our biggest goal is to ease the stress of the burden of 40-to-60 million caregivers,” Hallie Wells added.

For more information on CareZare, which launches this month, go to carezare.com.

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