Senator Hollie Hughes launched a new communication and care application in Parliament House today.
Australian company CheckedIn Care has developed an app that will bring comfort and practical support to older Australians still living in their homes. With some 400,000 older Australians either waiting to be assessed or to be allocated a package on the Commonwealth Home Support or Home Care Package Programmes, the free app will provide peace of mind to families across the nation.
The I Am OK app provides a simple and direct line between older people living at home and their families. When the user first uses their phone in the morning, Iam OK notifies their loved ones that they are up and about their daily routine. As well, I am OK prompts the user to click on how they are feeling, which is then shared with chosen loved ones.
I am OK will notify loved ones when there is a change to the user’ s daily routine, providing information around status and location, as well as enabling help to be at hand, when required
I Am OK also offers users access to a suite of services including delivered meals and cleaning, and medical support – all which can be booked and billed with a few simple clicks.
“I’m proud to be launching the award winning I am OK app today, a great way of supporting our ageing Australia. It is also a support tool for the Sandwich generation as caring responsibilities become fragmented,” said Senator Hughes.
“I am OK also received Government funding as part of the Government Entrepreneurial Fund to help bring it to life.”
The I am OK app is the brainchild of CheckedIn Care Founder and CEO John Perkins. “I was inspired to find a new way as I saw my own dad gradually lose his independence. The CheckedIn Care team set about finding a way to activate the care circle to provide the right support at the right time, whether that be social, emotional, physical, spiritual or clinical support,’ Mr Perkins said.
“Providing quality care and support to older Australians is high on everyone’s agenda. There’s fear and concern that this might not be happening, so I’m pleased I Am OK is already being successfully used in aged care facilities as it provides reassurance and regular updates to families, and choice and independence to residents.
“After 30 years in the IT industry it feels great to produce something that will help so many.”
The app is free to users thanks to a Commonwealth Government grant which helped fund its development and is available from app stores.
CheckedIn Care products have been proven to reduce depression. A recent study from Uniting Agewell in Victoria showed a direct correlation between the use of the I am OK app, and a reduction in depression indicators
Sandra Rolph, one of IRT’s home care clients, notes “The app has changed my life, previously I felt there was no purpose in getting out of bed each day- Since using the app, I have a new lease on life, I am in regular video contact with remote family and friends, and even though I have lost mobility, I feel that I am living in the outside world once again
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About CheckedIn Care:
CheckedIn Care is led by John Perkins, who has been a pioneer of the Australian technology industry for decades. John is an owner of Ethan Group, Australia’s largest privately owned IT company with turnovers exceeding $200M per annum. As an owner of Ethan Group, John has had executive ownership of the Aged Care Sector over the past 20 years.
John has dedicated a large part of his time to the creation of a charity in honour of his daughter, Olivia who passed in 2006. The Touched by Olivia Foundation has been pivotal in opening up a discussion in over 40 communities across Australia around the need for Universally Designed places, so that all people, regardless of their abilities, can belong and participate in their local neighbourhood. There has been an investment of $45million in inclusive playspaces, known as Livvi’s Place, due to the work of Touched by Olivia. A key learning over the last 12 years has been that it “It is not the disability that causes the inability to play, but rather the design/lack of tools and environment that cause the inability to play”. It is this key learning that is so relevant to the ageing marketplace, as the way Care Providers design the environment, and the tools we provide for our seniors, can dramatically reduce the impact of ageing.
John has combined his passion for IT solutions with his desire to make Australia a fair and equitable place for our most vulnerable citizens through the creation of I Am Ok.
About CheckedIn Care:
- Won best Products in 2017 and 2018 at the Australian Aged Care Awards ( IT in Aged Care- ITAC)
- Has received Federal Government Funding, ($492,500) to re architect the app to focus on the @Home informal, unpaid carer market. This funding allows Checkedin Care to offer the I am OK app for free.