Home Instead Senior Care has launched the social care sector’s first Digital Health Library.
The library, launched through the provider’s partnership with the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA), features a range of apps designed to help service users improve their health and wellbeing.
The partnership with ORCHA, a health app evaluation and advisory organisation which tests apps for the NHS, means that all apps are assessed against 250 measures.
It also allows service users to have access to independent app reviews before they use them.
The apps cover a range of needs, from nutrition and exercise, and also advise people on managing age-related conditions.
Martin Jones, CEO of Home Instead, said: “Whilst technology will never replace the human touch, it can enhance peoples’ lives, particularly when caregivers or family are not present. The new scheme will help our clients to tackle many of the health challenges they face.
“Innovation is at the heart of our home care service and we’re continually working to find ways to enhance the person-centred care we deliver. This latest initiative gives our clients another new way to engage with their health and wellbeing from home, promoting overall wellbeing.”
To make it easy to reap the benefits of these apps, especially for those who find using a mobile difficult or who have no network coverage, Home Instead has created tablets for clients, with a personalised selection of favourite apps already installed and ready to use.