torchlight Announces First Online Platform for Modern Caregivers Balancing Work and Elder Care

Tech company offers innovative benefit torchlight elder to support
demands of work and elder care

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#HRtechnology–torchlight, creator of the first technology platform to support modern
caregivers
, announced today the launch of torchlight elder, a
solution that guides employees in caring for aging family members with
confidence. Designed for innovative employers, torchlight elder provides
personalized action plans, easy-to-use digital tools, and expert advice
to help the working caregiver balance the demands of work and caring for
an elderly family member.

According to Ceridian Lifeworks’ 2015 Report “Double Duty, The
Caregiving Crisis in the Workplace,” over 22 million American workers
are also caretakers for family and friends, spending an average of 29
hours per week providing care in addition to their regular work hours.
The report estimates that the demands of caregiving and resulting
absenteeism cost employers $38.2 billion in lost productivity each year.
Furthermore, the Administration on Aging estimates that, by 2030, there
will be about 72.1 million older persons in the U.S., representing an
increase of more than 45 percent since 2009.

“As the number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than
double by 2060, companies must learn how to support their employees who
are responsible for caregiving for an adult,” said Gail Hunt, president
& CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving. “Innovative technologies
are critical to businesses in developing a caregiver-friendly
work environment
for supporting their employees. These technologies
can support working caregivers by providing information and services to
allow them to stay in the workforce.”

Modern Caregiving with torchlight elder
torchlight elder
provides the modern caregiver with an online navigation platform that
can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week from any web-enabled
device. By using roadmaps that are built into the caregiving platform,
employees are able to develop clear action plans that help them care for
their elderly family member.

Once logged in, employees can get detailed information that supports
their caregiving journey helping them to:

  • Assess and determine appropriate housing options for an aging loved one
  • Understand the benefits of geriatric care and the unique medical needs
    of the elderly
  • Consider why an elder law attorney may be the best choice
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of available insurance options
  • Plan and organize for end-of-life discussions
  • Address special needs for veterans or spouses of veterans and
  • Gain insights into a variety of topics, including nutrition, pet
    ownership, and family dynamics

Employees also have a number of resources available to them, including:

  • Personalized recommendations tailored to the caregiver’s or loved
    one’s profile and needs
  • Subject-matter tutorials on topics that increase a caregiver’s
    expertise and confidence
  • Dozens of interactive tools to inform and guide decision making
  • Virtual file cabinet to store, manage and access key documents
  • Journal to record the caregiving experience
  • Calendar to track appointments, special events and other important
    dates and
  • Team sharing to include others in a loved one’s care

“We are entering an age where caregiving – a $38.2 billion problem – in
the United States alone – is becoming the unpaid second job that so many
people must perform, but for which they never planned,” said Adam R.
Goldberg, M.Ed., CEO and founder of torchlight. “As a pioneer in
supporting caregivers with digitally-based services, torchlight deeply
understands this challenge. torchlight elder enables employers to
support these modern caregivers, who benefit from a platform that
enables them to get the guidance they need, where and when they need it.
It’s a modern solution to a modern challenge, and we are privileged to
take it to market with a growing community of employers and partners.”

In 2013, the company launched torchlight child, formerly known as
myEdGPS, which is an online platform designed for parents of the more
than 19 million children in the U.S. who struggle with autism, ADHD,
learning disabilities and other special or exceptional needs. Currently,
torchlight child has been deployed at more than 50 companies throughout
the United States.

Caregiving Experts Offer Support Through torchlight elder
In
addition to the core platform, employers can purchase one-on-one expert
advising sessions as an add-on feature. The network of experts include
sessions with eldercare managers, geriatricians and/or geriatric care
managers, outreach counselors, eldercare attorneys, retirement and
estate planners, dementia experts, elder LGBT community activists and
program representatives, Medicare and Medicaid counselors, and family
mediators.

About torchlight
Formerly known as myEdGPS, torchlight is a
technology platform that reduces the costs and complexities of modern
caregiving – a $38.2 billion challenge – for families and employers in
the United States. With personalized action plans, easy-to-use digital
tools, and expert advising, caregivers now have the power to handle
every challenge with confidence. torchlight covers over half a million
working families at innovative companies across the country, that
recognize caring is good business.

The company was founded by caregiving pioneer Adam Goldberg, M.Ed., and
is based in Boston. For more information contact sales@torchlight.care,
phone 844-693-3477, or visit torchlight.care.

Contacts

Media Contact:
Pathway Communications
Theresa Smith,
818-704-8481
press@torchlight.care