Giving people the possibility to support loved ones
With the Karegenda App many people can easily share the support of a patient amongst them and in accordance with each person’s individual possibilities
Enabling people to support their loved ones!
Family & Friends
Individuals do not have to fear becoming overburdened.
Patients can stay in touch with their social environment.
As more informal care & social support is provided, care costs decrease.
The concept is based on Melanie's and Beat’s experience. Melanie suffered a mild traumatic brain injury in an accident and experienced what it means to rely on family and friends, whilst Beat experienced the difficulties of informal care. Together, they set out to improve the management of informal care.
The feedback from patient organizations and therapists was central in the conceptualization of Karegenda. As a result, the app can be integrated into various forms of therapy and is adaptable for patients with various limitations, such as physical impairments or episodes of restricted cognitive abilities.
"Find somebody that knows what they are doing and get out of their way!" - hence Karegenda entered a strategic partnership with MIDATA.Coop and the Bern University of applied sciences Medical Informatics for the development of the app and the data management to ensure professional programming and secure data handling.
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Beat experienced what it means to provide informal care for a patient just as much as Melanie experienced what it means to be that patient. Beat is a Swiss and European Patent Attorney and counsels national and international technology enterprises and startups in the field of intellectual property through Stump & Partner Patentanwälte AG... O, and yes, he is Melanie's father.
Sarah experienced the challenges of informal care first hand when her mother fought cancer in 2016. She has experience in management consulting and has worked with WHO and UNAIDS on healthcare policies and bringing access to medicine to developing countries. She holds a Masters in public health from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the University of St. Gallen.
Sarah Des Rosiers
Nora joined Karegenda through the Summerpreneurship Program of the Impact Hub ZH. She is an undergraduate in social politics and social work at the university of Fribourg. Because of her studies she is familiar with the issues of informal care and appreciates Karegendas mission. She supports the Karegenda team over summer 2017 in all areas.
Melanie, the initiator of Karegenda, suffered a mild traumatic brain injury in 2012 and experienced the associated challenges first hand. After recovery, she graduated from university in 2014. After a year working in Hotel Asset Management, she started to allocate the majority of her time to the Karegenda project in Summer 2015.
People affected by chronic diseases or severe injuries commonly have to rely on informal care from their social environment.
The Karegenda app makes it possible for friends and family to share the necessary support, where each one can take over tasks according to their personal possibilities - whether that's frequently, sporadically, spontaneously or just once every few months.