A new app connecting elderly people to in-home care has launched in Christchurch ahead of its national rollout. Good Friends connects users to personal and specialist care from nursing to housework, gardening, companionship and home maintenance.
Good Friends, developed by retirement village group Arvida, is aimed at helping elderly people living in their own homes, says Chief Executive Bill McDonald.
“The majority of Kiwis maintain their independence regardless of age or disability. And that’s brilliant. This service ultimately encourages that independence.”
Bill says the app is aimed at convenience for users, as well as their family members – who can have full visibility over what is being ordered, and its costs. However, he says the main driver is community.
“Clients will be matched with local helpers – people who live and work in neighbouring areas. They will have all the necessary qualifications and experience, plus they’ll be good sorts. The kind of people that you’d be happy to have a cup of tea with and chat to.”
Good Friends works by a user downloading the app, creating an account and then choosing between a Starter or Plus plan. Both plans provide remote care monitoring, in-home care services from $40 per hour, and support.
The Plus plan also connects users to nursing and allied health, palliative care, disability care, and rehabilitation.