The list of things that need to happen when you’re diagnosed with cancer is large…and keeps changing. There’s research to be done, doctors to choose, appointments to schedule, records to request, trips to the pharmacy to make, and reservations to make for someone to pick you up after appointments. Life with cancer can be overwhelming, but time still ticks.
At home, the list builds. The laundry piles up, the dog needs walking, there are bills to pay, the kids need rides to their friends homes and dinner isn’t going to make itself. What about work? How are you going to pay for all of this? There is a solution.
Ashley Reid founded Wellist to help you shorten your to-do list. Wellist coordinates your support network, assigning them the little tasks, allowing you to focus on the important tasks related to your healthcare.
Friends and family struggle with understanding exactly what is most helpful for their loved one dealing with the diagnosis, and the individual dealing with cancer doesn’t want to be burdensome.
These conflicting mindsets are unnecessary challenges — and can have serious consequences. A strong social network of informed caregivers provides patients with a level of care that cannot be matched by social workers and home health aides.
Forty percent of health outcomes can be attributed to social and economic factors, like safe housing and healthy food. “If you can’t get a ride to your appointment, you can’t get your cancer treatment,” explains Reid. Wellist is your key to non-clinical care.
Solving the Problem
Wellist addresses those factors two ways: by connecting patients to reliable service providers and helping patients get the financial support they need.
Patients don’t always know what they’ll need until they need it, leaving them to scramble to find service providers. Doctors are restricted from recommending for-profit services, so patients and caregivers are left to wade through listings on their own. Wellist solves both of these problems by helping patients and their families understand what services they might need and providing verified listings with reviews from other patients.
Once patients have figured out what services they need, there’s still the matter of paying for it. Wellist makes it easy to share a list of the services needed so friends and family can make donations. All of the money donated — 100% — goes directly to the patient.
Covering the cost of parking or make sure groceries get delivered is something that’s easy for loved ones to chip in for. People want to help and are happy to know what you need. And it’s one less thing for you to worry about.
Wellist is a young company, but they’ve got support from MGH Cancer Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Quest Diagnostics. Thanks to these partners, Wellist is free for users.
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