Caregiving happens within a web of relationships, an ecosystem, of relatives and friends, and professionals and organizations. People are often simultaneously caring for themselves, caring for several others, and being cared for by others. What each person does varies by ability and context, and over time.
An Atlas CareMap is a diagram of a person’s care ecosystem, showing who cares for whom, and how. Many people have found it easy to learn to draw and use Atlas CareMaps, and valuable to do so. The process of thinking about and drawing an Atlas CareMap has helped people to more clearly see and to better understand their existing care ecosystem. For many, this has led to action and/or changes in perception resulting in stronger ecosystems, better care and more confidence in managing their care situation.
For some families and communities, the changes have been profound. “We needed this tool to come into our lives!”, said Josefa Rios, a community volunteer in Santa Barbara, CA. You can read more about people’s experiences in Impact
You can draw Atlas CareMaps by hand or using our online tool. We strongly recommend that you watch our tutorial videos to learn to draw and use Atlas CareMaps. (As we’ll explain further in the videos, we recommend that you first learn to draw by hand, and then use the digital tool for more functionality.)