A tech start-up web and mobile application is helping care homes reintroduce visits during lockdown.
Meet My Brian, which is the brainchild of care nurse Jijo Johny, enables families to book virtual and in-person visits to care homes.
“Our application provides excellent control for care homes to act accordingly during this highly volatile situation and arrange both in-person and virtual visits for the well-being of residents,” Jijo told CHP.
“Rather than sending different emails to families and the latest updates, we can bring all the communication to one single place. The care homes have complete control over in-person and virtual visits, whilst the friends and families of residents can select their convenient times.”
The application has already been successfully piloted at Abbeyfield Society’s Friars Mead and Oxenford House care homes.
Geoff Fairfield, chair of Abbeyfield Friars Mead, said: “The system allows relatives to book visits with their loved ones. It makes it so easy as they can see which slots are available and book the slot that is most convenient for them. Another great benefit we have found is that it does the risk assessment on line. The system saves our admin staff a lot of time and frees up a phone line.”
Rachael Young, administrator at Abbeyfield Oxenford Society, added: “Meet My Brian has enabled us to take away the hassle and strain of trying to organise visits but also gives relatives more flexibility over their choice of visiting days and times.
“The feedback from our relatives has been good, they have found the website simple to navigate and book visits. They also like that they have much more choice in their visits – and no paperwork to complete when they arrive!”