Atlas CareMap Tutorial

You can learn to draw and use Atlas CareMaps by following this series of videos.

The 30-minute “Learn the Basics” section teaches you how to draw Atlas CareMaps by hand, and how to learn from Atlas CareMaps. The 30-minute “Learn Atlas CareMap Web App” section teaches you how to take advantage of the extra capabilities of the digital tool. Finally, there’s a 3-minute video on “Sharing Atlas CareMaps”.

Anyone can draw Atlas CareMaps, but those who don’t think of themselves as “caregivers” can find the question “Who do you care for?” confusing. If you think of yourself as a “patient”, or a “care recipient”, or just a “person” (a spouse, a child, a parent, a friend …), you’ll find it helps to read this blog post: Anyone Can Draw Atlas CareMaps.

We strongly encourage you to first “Learn the Basics.” After you’re comfortable with the concept, then you can “Learn Atlas CareMap Web App.”

Learn the Basics

There are eight videos, totalling 30 minutes.

Intro to Atlas CareMaps (5 min) Get an overview of what CareMaps are, why they’re valuable, and how they can be used.

Atlas CareMap Tour (3 min) See CareMaps for several actual families with a wide variety of situations.

Preparing to Draw (2 min) Learn to identify the people and services whom you will be including in your Atlas CareMap.

Hand-drawn Atlas CareMaps — How to Draw (2 min) Learn how to draw an Atlas CareMap by hand.

Hand-drawn example: Fay (3 min) See the creation of an Atlas CareMap for Fay, who cares for a mother with dementia, with only a little support from others.

Hand-drawn example: Nadine (3 min) See the creation of an Atlas CareMap for Nadine, who cares for a son with a son with diabetes, supported by her husband and friends.

Hand-drawn example: Christi (4 min) See the creation of an Atlas CareMap for Christi, who cares for her aging mother-in-law as well as a son with a chronic illness, and also provides long-distance help to her parents living across the country.

Learning from Atlas CareMaps (8 min) Learn how to learn from and act upon your Atlas CareMap.

Creating Atlas CareMaps guide — as a handy reminder of the key steps for hand-drawn Atlas CareMaps, you can download this guide.

Learn Atlas CareMap Web App

There are five videos, totalling 30 mins.

Comparing Hand-drawn and Digital Atlas CareMaps (2 min) Discover the respective advantages of the two methods for creating Atlas CareMaps. The gist is that drawing by hand is the easiest way to learn, and the digital tool provides more capabilities and flexibility.

Digital Atlas CareMaps — How to Draw (3 min) See all the instructional materials, tutorials, and help functions provided within the Atlas CareMap web app.

Digital example: Fay (7 min) See the creation of an Atlas CareMap for Fay, who cares for a mother with dementia, with only a little support from others.

Digital example: Kate (9 min) See the creation of an Atlas CareMap for Kate, who cares for a son as well as her overseas parents, along with her siblings.

Digital example: Kate (more details) (7 min) See the use of some of the more powerful features in the Atlas CareMap web app.

Sharing Atlas CareMaps

Sharing Atlas CareMaps (3 min) Learn some tips for sharing your Atlas CareMap with your family, friends and care professionals, and teaching Atlas CareMaps to others.