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April 8, 2021 27 min

We Believe In Technology's Ability To Take Data From Other Industries And Provide The Right Size Home Care. Why spend so much money on a caregiver when you don't need it? You can do activity monitoring or predictive analytics to see what times of day your loved one struggles with certain tasks. Then use the program's algorithm to predict which days are most likely for these difficulties based on past data before scheduling caregivers in those time slots.

Today I welcome Dr. Char Hu to the program. He’s currently CEO of The Helper Bees, partnering with insurance carriers and health plans to provide the tools for older adults to stay independent, healthy, and at home longer.

We discuss:

  • Why Char founded the Helper Bees?
  • Aging in America: The impact of a large population of boomers planning to age in place
  • A mix of information on payer sources (Long Term Care Insurance & Medicare Advantage) and how they’re leading the charge of innovation in long term care
  • The importance of education, resources, and support programs (i.e. Care Concierge)
  • The role data plays in the future of Long-term care.

  • Timestamps:
    [00:00] Pre-intro discussion
    [01:20] Introduction
    [01:53] What was the unmet need that you saw when founding the helper bees?
    [03:52] You mentioned your grandmother who was living with Alzheimer was a motivating factor for you in founding helper bee can you talk a little bit, how has this personal experience with Alzheimer's impacted you or motivated you personally and professionally?
    [05:55] Do you often keep your own grandmother in mind when working and helping families and their search for quality in-home care?
    [10:27] Let's take a step back and talk about the state of American aging and what will the impact of this large population of boomers planning to age in place? What do you think that's going to happen?
    [12:50] How does this look different from how previous generations have chosen to age? How do you think this demand shift will impact the senior living industry as a whole?
    [14:26] How does having a mix of payer sources like long-term care insurance and Medicare Advantage lead the change in innovation in long-term care?
    [16:45] How important is the role of education, resources, and support programs when choosing a long-term care option for yourself or for your loved one?
    [18:02] What do you think the role data plays in the future of long-term care?
    [19:59] Where are you on this journey?
    [20:55] Walk me through, let's say I'm 80 years old living at home. Walk me through the process. How Helper Bees can help me stay at home longer or defer the time that I would have to move into assisted living?
    [23:16] In general, where do you think the long-term care industry will go in the next 20 years?
    [24:18] Do you have any other thoughts that you would like to share?
    [26:14] Wrap-up

    Char Hu, PhD
    CEO at The Helper Bees
    After completing his doctorate at Baylor College of Medicine, Char translated his biomedical research experience into Alzheimer’s and dementia care, founding and directing a certified dementia community. He’s currently CEO of The Helper Bees.

    As a founder and director of Georgetown Living, a certified dementia communities, he is actively involved in supporting the needs of Central Texas’ older adult community.

    Char spends his free time working with local nonprofits focused on issues related to aging, and serving on the boards of directors at AustinUp and Alzheimer’s Texas.

    Learn more about Char and his company here:
    The Helper Bees:

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