Live-in care service Elder has been named as one of the UK’s fastest growing tech companies.
Elder is among the businesses to feature in this year’s COVID-19 edition of The Sunday Times Sage Tech Track 100.
Elder Founder & CEO, Pete Dowds, said: “COVID-19 has presented an unprecedented challenge to everyone working in the social care space. It’s a challenge that, as a tech-enabled care company, we were uniquely positioned to meet.
“This listing is a testament to the amazing work of everyone connected to Elder. Whether that’s the heroic efforts of the carers or the flexibility and hard-work of those working in our support team. I couldn’t be prouder.”
This year’s listing highlights the important contribution that technology companies have made to the UK during the pandemic, from supporting the NHS to enabling remote working.
As the social care system has been stretched like never before, Elder has won accolades for adapting seamlessly to the challenges of the pandemic.
The unbelievable dedication of the carers, who remained with their clients throughout the first wave, resulted in mortality rates 83% lower than residential care. This was no doubt helped by the live-in care agency providing PPE to all carers while on placement.
As well as protective equipment, the company supported carers by hosting virtual get-togethers and partnered with the likes of Uber and ZipCar to ensure they could travel safely for less.
The start-up has also sought to support the NHS and local authorities. A recent collaboration with Brighton and Hove Council, praised by commissioners, helped free up hospital beds in the city while enabling elderly people to get back to the safety of their homes.
The listing comes a week after the company announced it was creating 1,500 new live-in care jobs to respond to a huge increase in demand throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.