Vivek Patni, CEO, and Co-Founder of Lavanya Plus, joins me on my daily tech podcast to talk about the recent launch of WeMa Care. The new CareTech solution is aimed at helping businesses – including fintech heavyweight Global Payments – to provide advice, support, and referrals so informal carers can arrange care services on behalf of their loved ones.
WeMa Life helps you find social care, health and wellbeing services. The concierge service provides support or the ability to self-manage your care using our online marketplace to bring you and your family together with service providers; giving choice, accessibility and efficiency in sourcing and purchasing your services.
For context, there are 8 million informal carers in the UK, with 18% of full-time workers also providing some form of unpaid care for someone close to them; of them, 88% say their employer provides no support; 46% feel lonely or isolated as a result of their caring responsibilities, and 82% do not feel comfortable talking about their caring responsibilities at work.
Preventative care, improving access to and availability of quality secondary care services, and enabling people to lead healthier lives are fundamental elements of Lavanya’s ethos. What became particularly frustrating was the lack of digital solutions to help manage the care experience, with the sector failing to make use of current, up-to-date technologies.
As a result, they set out to create an online solution that would change the way people manage the care of both themselves and others. The team built WeMa Life to address this and meet the needs of multiple stakeholders – from customers and care and health & wellbeing service providers to governments and local authorities.
Vivek shares why he believes that CareTech could ease the ever-increasing pressure faced by informal carers. He also believes that such technology can also help businesses to offer some long-overdue support to employees, who currently feel torn between fulltime employment and care responsibilities.
As we approach the cold winter months that will impact vulnerable individuals and, consequently, the people who care for them, I explore how CareTech could help employers provide greater support to their families.
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