Caring for older people in their homes has just become easier, better and less expensive for families with a new company called HomeTouch, set up by a doctor. The company matches those who need care at home with someone with similar interests and experience to cope with their particular needs and was dreamt up by Dr Jamie Wilson (pic right) when he saw the gap between what agencies were offering and the care his patients were, or were not, getting.
The carers are thoroughly vetted and interviewed and then they are presented online so you can quietly read about the various helpers and decide with your elderly relative who would be the best match for them. “The amazing thing about it is that the person behind it is a doctor. He used to treat people with dementia and alzheimer’s disease and he saw the gap,” says property consultant Silvina Paz. “Agencies charge a fortune and then the carers get paid very little when they work for an agency. Then there is the patient caught in the middle of all this and the family who have no option but to rely on the agency,” Paz has invested in the business as a member of the Kensington & Chelsea angel investment group Wild Blue Cohort.
HomeTouch is different, Paz says, because: “The carers get paid more, the person behind it knows what he is doing. On top their rates are very competitive.” HomeTouch makes care more affordable and gives its carers the opportunity to earn up to 75% more than they would elsewhere because the startup charges less commission than the big agencies. It takes 20% commission, compared to agencies who most often charge £15-£16 per hour, out of which carers get paid minimum wage. myhometouch
Paz explains this has all been brought about by Notting Hill’s very own Dragon’s Den, Wild Blue Cohort: “They attract the most amazing businesses. Deepali (Nangia, who finds new local businesses to promote to local investors) is super-knowledgeable and she has passion.” At the last event there were five companies and four of those were really good.” If you have a business or would like to invest or mentor a local business find out more here … http://bit.ly/wildblu If you are keen to invest in a local business you can contact Deepali Nangia at [email protected]. Membership enquiries to founder David Barrie – [email protected]