Home health care service Abbots Care has announced the launch of a mobile app to monitor, understand and support the health and mental wellbeing of its care workers today (27 September).
The app will help to combat feelings of isolation and allows care workers to log how they are feeling following or during a shift using a pictorial interface, communicate with other employees, share news and advice, and praise and support one another.
Designed as a collaboration between co-founder and managing director Camille Leavold and staff members, the app allows users to browse, share and engage with a feed consisting of news, images, client feedback, and practical tips. They will be rewarded for their activity on the app by receiving bronze, silver or gold tokens, which can then be redeemed for gift cards accepted in multiple high-street stores.
Leavold said: “We started Abbots Care back in 1995, working as care workers ourselves, so we really understand what it is like to work supporting vulnerable people and just how lonely and isolating it can be at times. Retaining and appreciating our workforce is something really close to my heart, and we hope that the app will help us to support the wellbeing of our care workers.”
Charlotte Wishart, a carer at Abbots Care, said: “The wellbeing app will be a great asset to Abbots Care. In trialling this app, I was able to see amazing feedback about the good things going on with other staff.
“I was able to shout out that my colleagues had done something amazing. It boosted moral among us knowing that there is a tool that was not only for work but helpful for thoughts and feelings from our personal life too. I cannot wait to see the future of this app and to see the positive effects it has on the carers,” she said.