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Carers app wins key business and local government support

27 January 2014

Carers UK announces first adopters of newly launched app Jointly – the app for families caring for loved ones

British Gas and Surrey County Council are the first organisations to sign up to charity Carers UK’s app Jointly, which launched at the weekend.

Jointly – available for mobile phones, tablets and computers – offers a simple, practical way to share information and co-ordinate tasks amongst an invited circle who are helping look after a loved one.

In addition to being available for individual purchase, Jointly can be offered to carers for free by forward thinking employers and service providers.

British Gas is the first employer to sign up to Jointly and make it available to its employees. Surrey County Council is the first local authority to introduce Jointly.

Care for an ageing population and for those with illness or disability is a growing issue for society and business. Already there are 6.5 million carers across the UK – half juggling care with work, a third caring for older relatives alongside raising children.

Ian Peters, Managing Director, Residential Energy at British Gas said:

“The ‘Jointly’ App is a great example of how we can embrace technology to support our working carers. At British Gas we know we have carers supporting and caring for family members who do not live close by. We are also experiencing a growing number of colleagues with multiple caring responsibilities for both elderly relatives and children. ‘Jointly’ will be a valuable tool to help these carers manage the balance between work and care and will be freely available to those in our carers network.”

Both Surrey County Council and British Gas are members of Carers UK’s business forum, Employers for Carers, which is chaired by Ian Peters.

There are more than 100,000 carers in Surrey and the authority is rolling out the app to thousands of people so they can keep friends and relatives in the loop about who is doing what and when to support a loved one.

Mel Few, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said:

“We’re always willing to embrace innovation at the county council and Jointly takes a lot of the stress out of sharing that care by making it a lot more organised, giving family members peace of mind and those being cared for a better quality of life.”

Carers UK has been researching caring technologies for many years and has found clear evidence that the challenges of ‘distance caring’ and ‘sandwich caring’ can be eased with technology.

Madeleine Starr, Carers UK Director of Business Development and Innovation said:

“We are delighted to have early sign up from two such important organisations. The fact that growing numbers of people have a responsibility for looking after a loved one is an issue for all of our society. Forward thinking organisations like British Gas and Surrey County Council can make a real difference to the lives of those who are caring for loved ones.”

Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:

“This isn’t about replacing hands-on care with technology .We need to realise the potential of technology to support caring just as they help many people in daily work and leisure. Carers UK brings Jointly to the market on the back of almost 50 years’ experience of working with and for carers and we are proud to be leading research and development work in this area.”

UK
Press releases

Carers app wins key business and local government support

27 January 2014

Carers UK announces first adopters of newly launched app Jointly – the app for families caring for loved ones

British Gas and Surrey County Council are the first organisations to sign up to charity Carers UK’s app Jointly, which launched at the weekend.

Jointly – available for mobile phones, tablets and computers – offers a simple, practical way to share information and co-ordinate tasks amongst an invited circle who are helping look after a loved one.

In addition to being available for individual purchase, Jointly can be offered to carers for free by forward thinking employers and service providers.

British Gas is the first employer to sign up to Jointly and make it available to its employees. Surrey County Council is the first local authority to introduce Jointly.

Care for an ageing population and for those with illness or disability is a growing issue for society and business. Already there are 6.5 million carers across the UK – half juggling care with work, a third caring for older relatives alongside raising children.

Ian Peters, Managing Director, Residential Energy at British Gas said:

“The ‘Jointly’ App is a great example of how we can embrace technology to support our working carers. At British Gas we know we have carers supporting and caring for family members who do not live close by. We are also experiencing a growing number of colleagues with multiple caring responsibilities for both elderly relatives and children. ‘Jointly’ will be a valuable tool to help these carers manage the balance between work and care and will be freely available to those in our carers network.”

Both Surrey County Council and British Gas are members of Carers UK’s business forum, Employers for Carers, which is chaired by Ian Peters.

There are more than 100,000 carers in Surrey and the authority is rolling out the app to thousands of people so they can keep friends and relatives in the loop about who is doing what and when to support a loved one.

Mel Few, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said:

“We’re always willing to embrace innovation at the county council and Jointly takes a lot of the stress out of sharing that care by making it a lot more organised, giving family members peace of mind and those being cared for a better quality of life.”

Carers UK has been researching caring technologies for many years and has found clear evidence that the challenges of ‘distance caring’ and ‘sandwich caring’ can be eased with technology.

Madeleine Starr, Carers UK Director of Business Development and Innovation said:

“We are delighted to have early sign up from two such important organisations. The fact that growing numbers of people have a responsibility for looking after a loved one is an issue for all of our society. Forward thinking organisations like British Gas and Surrey County Council can make a real difference to the lives of those who are caring for loved ones.”

Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:

“This isn’t about replacing hands-on care with technology .We need to realise the potential of technology to support caring just as they help many people in daily work and leisure. Carers UK brings Jointly to the market on the back of almost 50 years’ experience of working with and for carers and we are proud to be leading research and development work in this area.”

How to order

The Jointly app offers:

  • Private and secure group messaging to keep everyone informed and better connected.
  • Profile and contacts page, with easily accessible vital information such as medication lists.
  • Shared calendar and task lists to coordinate responsibilities, organise what needs to get done and store important information.

The Jointly app was developed by the Sidekick Studios incubator, Sidekick School and Milo Creative with support from social tech funder Nominet Trust and the Technology Strategy Board.

How to order

Jointly is available to download as a mobile app from Apple and at Google Play stores for a one-off payment of £2.99.

A PC/Laptop version is also available from jointlyapp.com

Once you have purchased Jointly you can invite as many people as you want to share the care with you. There is no additional cost for the people you invite to join you. Find out more here.

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