The CareMap works with you to draw your care ecosystem to help you better manage the people involved, recognize support, plan for potential difficulties, advocate for your needs, and get appropriate assistance. With the CareMap, you can save, print, and update your map to track the evolution of your ecosystem over time and see how potential changes could impact your CareMap.
Technology Requirements: A computer or tablet (but not a smartphone) with an up-to-date OS and modern web browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge). Some functions may not work properly with older software.
Add important details: specify types and frequency of support by each person in your ecosystem, include location information for members far away, add your own notes and key details about each actor, and include pets in your CareMap
Track changes over time: save snapshots of your CareMap at different points in time to see how it evolves
View your CareMap in different ways: highlight different aspects of your care ecosystem; add potential actors and make changes to your CareMap to see alternate possibilities for your care ecosystem
Work in your preferred language: instructions are available in English and Spanish; you can add your own information in whatever language you prefer
Print and save your CareMap: download a PDF of your CareMap that you can print or email; login to your user account at anytime to view or update your CareMap
Support family care research: data from thousands of CareMaps enables new understanding of real-world care ecosystems
Try drawing your own CareMap here.
The following videos show examples of creating CareMaps and highlight many of the features available.
We’ve seen over and over again that the CareMap has the power to increase caregivers’ self-awareness and openness to change and assistance. Knowing how to make the best use of your CareMap once it’s drawn is a crucial step to improving your day-to-day experience as a caregiver.
When drawing and reviewing your CareMap, think about some of the following things:
Look carefully at your CareMap to identify gaps or untapped resources:
Consider whether or not there are professional services and tools that could make your work a lot easier.
Drawing your CareMap calls attention to where you sit in your community, allowing you to relate your story to others. Learning from peers about local resources or shared experiences can be incredibly valuable for navigating your care journey. Sharing your CareMap with other caregivers and members of your care ecosystem is a great way to initiate collaborative conversations, learn from each other, and meaningfully engage with people who understand how you feel.