Helping caregivers to navigate through a challenging journey.
Tusk is a caregiver navigation platform designed to help caregivers of people living with dementia. Support your own wellness while caring for your loved one using customized, timely resources.
“Without Tusk, I would never have been able to help like I do… I feel without Tusk I would be lost.”
Caregiver, and Tusk User
“As an early adopter of Tusk, I have used it to engage with my clients who are experiencing dementia with a friend or family member.”
Personal Patient Navigator, and Tusk User
Caregivers love using Tusk. Here’s a short list of our most popular features on the caregiver navigation platform.
As a caregiver, you're not alone. Tusk can help.
Tusk helps caregivers along
each stage of the care pathway.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We wanted to help caregivers of people living with dementia better focus on their wellbeing, and know that they were supported through their caregiving journey. We hope that by enabling caregivers to focus on their wellbeing, we will reduce the incidents of caregiver burnout, and help caregivers achieve better outcomes.
Caregivers who are providing care to people living with dementia in the community. The platform is populated with community based resources and service providers who are positioned to provide care to their loved ones in the community.
When we create a profile for a caregiver (who subscribes to Tusk), that primary caregiver has the ability to invite other caregivers (family, friends who assist in providing the care) to the care team, so that the members of the care team can all interact, message each other and access the same resources and service providers. As the primary caregiver, you have complete control over who to invite to the team.
Great question! The Tusk platform is unique in a few ways:
1. Focuses on the dyad of the caregiver and the person living with dementia, as a unit, to meausre their collective wellness. We know that the wellbeing of the person living with dementia is correlated to the wellbeing of the caregiver, and vice versa, and we want to measure both aspects for a complete picture. We do this through the proprietary “wellness tracker” (focuses on caregiver) and “symptom tracker” (focuses on person living with dementia), and rely on the caregiver’s self-reported findings
2. It contains a central respository of information (resources) and service providers who provide service to people living with dementia and their care partners in the community, which is searchable.
3. The platform allows a caregiver to invite other members to the care team (siblings, family, friends), who are supporting the primary caregiver, to access the same information, communicate amongst each other and provide overall support to the primary caregiver.
4. The platform allows a primary caregiver to message his or her navigator directly and get additional resources or tailored support other than what may be curated specifically within the platform.
There are several reasons:
We know that the prevalence of dementia is increasing. The population is living longer, and with better diagnostic and screening tools, more people are being diagnosed.
It is widely held to be a public health crisis. It is believed that one in three seniors die with a dementia. The risk of dementia doubles every five years past the age of 65.
Alberta Health has an “Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan”. It’s vision is that “Albertans are committed to optimizing brain health and valuing and supporting individuals impacted by dementia from its onset through to end-of-life.”
The direct health care costs related to dementia in Alberta were almost $650M. When social support costs and employment impacts on caregivers were included, the cost exceeded $1.2B.
We know that in 2008, caregivers provided more than 18 million hours of unpaid care to Albertans living with dementia. This is expected to increase to 68 million hours of unpaid care by 2038 (source: Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society, Alzheimer Society of Canada, 2010). No one volunteers for the job of caregiver; however, we believe that we all assume the role of caregiver, and/or know of someone who is in that role. It is a struggle for those individuals, and we hope that the platform will be one more tool in their toolkit to help them cope with their role. Also, from a practical perspective, we know that the primary caregiver to a person living with dementia is the one who is most knowledgeable and able to report on his or her symptoms, and the impact that it is having on the caregiver. Due to the decreased (and decreasing capacity) of the person living with dementia, that individual may not be the best advocate for his or her symptoms and needs, which falls to the caregiver.