With the promise of a ‘new normal’ arriving at some point in 2021, parenting will hopefully settle back into its usual routines. Indoor playdates, sports tournaments on weekends, and special school events are something we’ll have a different type of appreciation for. But until we get to that point, our families still need the same care they did before the pandemic, plus the extra attention for COVID-19 symptoms.
This year, I’m resolving to keep some of the simplicity of 2020 to make life easier for me as a parent. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, we now know that there are easier ways to meet our family’s needs—right at our fingertips. One of the tools I recommend every parent to check out is the HealthChampion app. Here’s how it has helped me.
With the pandemic still out there, it’s important to maintain great communication with anyone you come in contact with. Families and child care providers can use it to track and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. It helps monitor vitals for our kids, nannies, and even our parents or loved ones who live far away (using integrated devices like digital thermometers).
Health Information Overload
As a parent, one of the challenges I’ve faced is managing ALL of the information. Caring for myself had often taken a back seat as I juggled doctor appointments for my son and my father (sandwich generation, anyone?). Now I’m able to see all of my health records and wellness info in one place and have been able to share and easily manage it for my loved ones too.
Getting Better Care
On top of being a huge time saver, having all that information on-hand helps families get higher quality care. It’s easy to access and review details that a doctor may not have. I’ve been using the HealthChampion journal to keep track of all the details we get during visits with my father’s specialists – and because it helped me advocate for him and gave me the confidence to ask the right questions, we avoided a potentially life-threatening procedure due to his situation.
Personalized Health Journeys
At the heart of the HealthChampion app is a growing library of health pathways that guide you through personalized programs to achieve your specific health goals. Whether you’re looking to lose 5 pounds this month, manage your child’s asthma, help a parent recover from a surgical procedure, or control your cholesterol, there is a personalized pathway to help. I’ve really enjoyed being able to show my doctor the charts of my progress, and it’s helped encourage me to stay on track.
Optimize Your Recovery
Worried about an upcoming procedure? As many health care providers will tell you, your pre and post-operation program are as critical to your recovery as the procedure itself. The app can make sure you’re properly prepared. Afterward, it guides you through your recovery and communicates with your healthcare provider to make sure you’re getting the attention and personal guidance you need.
As we set resolutions for ourselves and our families, while still managing day-to-day during a pandemic, finding the right resources, like the HealthChampion app will be a huge help. If you’d like to use the COVID-19 symptom tracker, install the app and register, and then go to ‘Pathways.’ Select the Nanny/Caregiver C-19 Pathway to get started.
I’m looking forward to enjoying all those ‘normal’ things soon – and also resolving to be more kind to myself in the meantime. Bring it on, 2021!