CareTech, a social care provider providing support for adults and children with complex needs, has acquired a majority holding in Smartbox Assistive Technology as part of its strategy to put “tech” into CareTech.
Smartbox creates software and hardware to help disabled people without speech to have voice and live more independently.
Its solutions include communication aids, environmental control devices, computer control technology and interactive learning.
Smartbox’s flagship ‘Grid’ software supports more than 10,000 children and
adults with the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) every year and is translated into over 30 different languages.
CareTech, which looks after more than 4500 service users, said Smartbox offers a unique opportunity to improve outcomes for those people.
CareTech executive chairman Farouq Sheikh commented: “We have been discerning in selecting as an anchor digital investment a business that is not only a global assistive technology player but one that firmly shares CareTech’s values and social purpose to improve the lives of disabled people.
“This partnership opens up unprecedented opportunities to blend care and technology. This will benefit the service users supported by CareTech alongside disabled people more generally and enable the group to offer innovative solutions to both NHS and LA commissioners. Smartbox becoming part of CareTech will accelerate the development of next generation technology-enabled service models for the specialist social care sector.”
Smartbox is a strategic complement to Purple Zest (Purple), a 100% subsidiary of CareTech that aims to change the disability conversation and bringing together both disabled people and businesses.
Purple Tuesday, CareTech’s flagship disability brand, has a track record in assisting organisations to become more disability accessible and to unlock the £274 billion ‘Purple Pound’, the spending power of disabled people and their families in the UK.
Through Purple, CareTech said Smartbox will have greater access to disabled people, many of whom have entitlement to personal disability budgets and would benefit from assistive technology.