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Care Maps in the Community: Santa Barbara County

Earlier this year, the Santa Barbara Foundation invited the Atlas of Caregiving team to introduce care maps to members of the caregiving community in Santa Barbara County. We are grateful to the Santa Barbara Foundation, its partners Friendship Center, Marian Regional Medical Center, and Valley Haven; our local volunteers Mary Sheridan, Lisa Riolo, and Rebecca…

Put Your Family Caregiving on the Map

Learn how to draw a care map: a picture of everyone involved in your own caregiving situation. Although they’re pretty easy to draw, care maps tend to be a great way to take stock of who does what. They can also help you see where you may need extra help.

What Have We Learned So Far?

On October 24 a caregiving conference was held at the University of San Francisco. I had been invited to give a talk on “New Insights from the Atlas of Caregiving Pilot”. As it turned out, on only the previous day had we completed the data gathering phase of the project — the final interview with…

Bringing the Technology Revolution to Caregiving

We are at a moment in history when technology is allowing us to collect information about ourselves more effectively and reliably than ever before, from the cell phone in our pocket to the Fitbit on our wrist. This technology can help us device wearers—and even the health care providers, researchers and designers we share our…

Quantified Self & Family Caregiving

What would it look like to take a “QS approach” to a major social and public health issue, like family caregiving? Caregiving has been the topic of a large array of survey studies, ethnographic studies, etc., but what might it mean to take a close look at the realities of caregiving activities through the first person lens that self-tracking affords?

Welcome to the Atlas of Caregiving Pilot

Over the past thirty five years, there have been many research studies regarding service interventions, surveys and service delivery data on unpaid family caregivers. Much of what we know and practice in the field of caregiver services and supports result from these efforts. Indeed, Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) has been in the forefront of service…

Carol Levine
The Next Advance in Understanding Family Caregiving

The Atlas of Caregiving opens a new chapter in caregiving research. It adds innovative methods available today through technology to build on existing knowledge. I am pleased to be a part of this project and hope to contribute to it from my perspectives as a caregiver researcher and as my late husband’s caregiver for 17…