VIDATEC WORKS WITH UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING ON A CARER SUPPORT APP

Mobile app developer Vidatec is developing a new platform to support informal carers during COVID-19 pandemic.

The company has partnered with the University of Stirling on the project aimed at ensuring carers have access to real-time information to help them limit the risks associated with the outbreak and access support during the crisis.

Informal carers of people with life limiting conditions, are faced with a potentially lonely existence during the pandemic. The app will enable them to receive peer support and reduce feelings of isolation associated with lockdown through a range of content, information and advice.

The aim is to connect carers while reducing face-to-face contact and the risk of infection.

Project leader Dr Liz Forbat, of the University of Stirling’s Faculty of Social Sciences, said: “It is essential to address the support, learning, and safety of informal carers, to enable them to continue to provide care. The project draws on our team’s expertise in family caring, palliative care, and using technology to deliver education and information.

“We expect to have the app ready for use within a couple of months, focused on family carers looking after people receiving palliative care.”

The university already intended to explore the use of a mobile app as a means of connecting with informal carers but accelerated its plans as a result of the pandemic.

Vidatec is headquartered in Stirling and has an office in Edinburgh. It is part of the Dundee-based Insights Group.

Greig Johnston, CEO of Vidatec, said: “Being able to support informal carers at a time they need it most is crucial and we aim to develop technology that will help them stay connected and support their loved ones despite the social distancing challenges faced during the Covid-19 crisis.

“Our team is ready to adapt our approach to turn this idea into a reality in a very short period of time. Knowing we are designing an app to help reduce both feelings of isolation for informal carers as well as reducing risk – is something we feel passionate about helping.”