Nic's Legacy; Innovative Carers Software Platform
Nic's Legacy; Innovative Carers Software Platform
An innovative software solution to reduce the stress, anxiety, fatigue and geographical & social isolation when caring for someone.
An innovative software solution to reduce the stress, anxiety, fatigue and geographical & social isolation when caring for someone. Read more
About this project
Nic's Legacy is a Social Enterprise, a Community Interest Company created to address the needs of the millions of people that find themselves caring for a loved one, relative, friend or neighbour.
It will do this by creating a unique and innovative software based platform, the basis of which is borne through personal experience.
Unfortunately, we are confident in saying that you will actually know someone that either is a carer or is being cared for.
Your pledges can help make the difference. Your £5, £10, £50 or £1000 WILL make a GENUINE difference to the people that have no choice but to care for someone.
Please carry on reading to find out the history behind the project
Why, What, When, How?
In July 2008, I lost my wife to cancer.
Young enough to be a mother of a three year old son, old enough to have been married for twelve years. An indescribable four months of nursing her and watching her slowly fade into leaving me as a Widower and the single father to a three year old son.
Having the support of our family and friends was invaluable and helped so much, however co-ordinating all the goodwill was hard at times.
Ensuring that everyone was 'in the loop', scheduling who was visiting, making sure Nic had enough rest became too much at times. All the offers of 'whatever you need' were without a doubt great, BUT I/we didn't know what we needed.
Designed from real world experience and academic research, we have excellent links with many organisations; Coventry University, Health Design Technology Institute, MacMillan Cancer Support, Coventry City Council and the NHS to name just a few.
What is Nic’s Legacy?
Nic's Legacy is a Social Enterprise created specifically to try and alleviate some of the day to day problems when caring for someone, or actually being cared for. Not only will the carers and patients benefit; our calculations show that there will be a Social Return On Investment of approximately 5.4:1. Meaning that for every pound invested, the community as a whole will receive £5.40 worth of benefit; a massive £100,704.60 on the pilot phase alone.
There are approximately 6.4m informal carers within the UK alone, on average, they save the NHS approximately £119bn each year, which is almost as much as the entire cost of the NHS.
But who is helping the carers? Research shows that 87% of carers say that it has a negative impact on their mental health and 40% haven't had a full day off in over a year. Quite staggering statistics.
The funds raised with this campaign will allow the pilot to take place in conjunction with the local authority based in the West Midlands, UK. Whilst initially on a relatively small scale, once validated, the platform has been designed to scale up as the need arises and has the ability to help people worldwide; it is both device and language agnostic.
A leading organisation in the Assisted Living Technology sector, the Health Design Technology Institute has undertaken a full and independent research study on the concept, proving it to be not only viable, but well received.
Our own research has shown that the eldest user age group of people that are comfortable using this sort of technology is in the 60 - 75 year old group. A simple to use interface and the ability to work with touch screen devices means that people suffering with decreased mobility in their hands will still be able to access the full functionality of the system.
The ability to add further function's as the need arises or as they are developed has also been catered for. The system has been designed in a modular construction, allowing all updates to fit with the system with ease.
The platform will have the following functions;
Planner / Diary
Providing a diary facility, tasks can be assigned and allocated to individuals within the primary user’s network. It will also allow scheduling of visiting times and has a reminder function as per any normal calendar solution.
Request for Help
A common challenge for people in this environment (either as the patient or carer) is asking for help.Research indicates that this is made easier via online or cyber communications. Requests and offers of help will be automatically scheduled through the Planner/Diary function.
This will allow the primary user to set access levels for each individual user within their network.
Recording of events, thoughts and feelings of the primary user and their network. This can consist of written, spoken word and video. A guest facility will enable users without full access to contribute.
A patient may have to take many types of medicines in varying quantities at different times of the day or night. Aimed at the informal carer, an easy, intuitive method to track who has administered what medicines and at what time. Alerts can be switched on and relevant people within the primary user’s network can be warned and informed if there is no confirmation that the medicines have been administered. Has the ability to list ALL medicines, times to be taken, in what quantity and with what method.
The offering is not designed as an advice giving service; However, it is acknowledged that there is a need for a consolidated offering and therefore we intend to use this as an information portal that can sign post the primary user to credible sites that are currently available and will provide help for them.
The following pictures are some basic mock-up's that were created by the Health Design Technology Institute, they show some of the intended functions but the design is subject to change;
When crowdfunding makes a difference?
Although all of the directors do have excellent commercial experience, we feel that commercialising this platform and asking the end user to pay a subscription would be wrong. It is completely opposite to our ethos, we wish to help people, not make millions of pounds for our own personal gain.
We see crowdfunding as the Community helping the Community, a brief recognition of days gone past, people helping each other.
As the project gathers momentum, we find ourselves being invited to contribute to various media platforms, most notably, Jamie has recently attended as a speaker at the Conservative Party Conference, in a question and answer session with Esther McVey MP, Cabinet Minister for State for Employment.
Not only can we offer good media coverage, but a donation could also be counted as part of your Corporate Social Responsibility program.
A selection of some of the media features on Nic's Legacy;
How do YOU make a difference?
By pledging your support, once you've done this tell as many people as possible and let them pledge too!
Leave us comments and ask us any questions.
Risks and challenges
There are many things to consider when launching a product of this type, this isn't JUST software. The very nature of the information held has meant that security is just one headache that we have encountered.
Whilst we can't give you too much detail, our developer has worked within the highest level secure networks, we know that data and information are safe and will be certified as such.
As for other risks or challenges;
Of course, with any business opportunity, there are always risks and challenges, but our experience taught us to look at solving those risks before jumping in and launching a product. That is partly why we have taken 18 months to get to this point, why only now do we feel ready to turn to Kickstarter for help.
Along with developing the concept, we have built a solid infrastructure to support the development, launch and ongoing needs of the platform and users.
We are happy to answer your questions, hopefully as the Kickstarter campaign goes along, we will be able to add to the FAQ page for you.
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