There has been a significant amount of information and articles released in the press which approach/highlight the subject of the welfare and happiness of the elderly. In particular, this article recently discussed the effects of hundreds of care homes closing on the elderly British population.
Within the article, there is a comment from an Age UK representative that explains "If people have to move abruptly from the place they know as home it will obviously cause huge distress – and could also seriously undermine their health."
The Care Messenger® solution, which is currently open for investment on GrowthFunders, provides a valuable solution for families and health care providers to combat the above, by keeping people in their homes longer.
We spoke to Paul Slaughter, CEO of Care Messenger®, about the links between care homes closing and the Care Messenger® communications solution.
"Yes, indeed there is a link - governmental funding cuts means councils are closing care homes meaning the older population are left to fend for themselves, whether this is within their own home or in emergency rented accommodation - often leaving them feeling isolated and lonely. The numerous research studies carried out to date clearly shows this can lead to detrimental effects on health.
A significant part of the challenge in caring for the elderly is finding a suitable communication channel to reach them, engaging them socially. So much of our social engagement these days is digital - through social media platforms, for example. Many of the elderly cannot, or do not wish to, participate in social media discourse because they struggle to cope with the delivery platforms: computers, tablets, and smartphones. As such, they quickly and easily become disconnected from their families and society at large.
Care Messenger® can make online social engagement possible for the elderly because it works with their own TV, is simple to use, and doesn’t need the user to learn anything new.
We all know the elderly are familiar with, and often spend a lot of time watching their TV, so Care Messenger® is a perfect medium to connect them with family, friends and carers with what’s going on.
Sometimes known as ‘WhatsApp for the elderly’ or ‘Instagran’, Care Messenger® - commended by the CQC at a recent inspection - can make a real difference to the wellbeing of this vulnerable demographic at a time when cost constraints are threatening the quality of care.”
Care Messenger® has received a vast number of positive comments, including:
“I'm delighted! Our family are really pleased with this new technology to encourage communication with mum in her own home. It has provided lots of opportunities for her daughters and grandchildren to keep in touch with messages and photos from wherever they are in the world. And all to her TV screen. It's so simple to use - can't rate it highly enough! “ Hilda Armstrong – family user
"My mother has recently returned from a spell in hospital and we are using the system much more - CM has really come into its own. She is able to keep on top of all her daily medication and numerous appointments. Also, a number of family members have been using CM to great effect - mother absolutely loves getting messages from everyone. Local council Home Help visiting my mother have been impressed with CM. In short, CM is a fantastic and fun way to help my mother cope with life at home.” Phil Winter – family user
For more information on the Care Messenger® product and the current investment opportunity, visit the online pitch today.