Describe the company

myhomehelper was created by Kevin Marsch to help him care for his Mum, Pat, who had been diagnosed with Vascular Dementia in 2010. Seeing how effective this was in reducing her anxiety Kevin continued adding features to the system.
After receiving positive feedback from carers, doctors and paramedics, Kevin quit his job in 2011 and formed Simpla Solutions in order to make myhomehelper available for others to benefit from.

How are you different?

myhomehelper is a tablet computer that has been specifically designed for people who struggle with modern technology. It helps to reduce anxiety and isolation and gives peace of mind, reassurance and confidence to family and carers.
Developed from ideas and feedback given from service users and carers in trials over a 4 year period, the user centred design ensures that it is ideal for people with no computer or IT experience and requires no interaction from the user for it to work.
Our simple to use tablet computer doesn’t need any interaction from your loved one. All the features simply appear without them have to touch or press anything. You control what is shown and when via the secure web control panel which you can access from anywhere. Want to video call them? Simply start the call at your end and it is automatically answered on their myhomehelper

The myhomehelper display is a tablet that has been designed to run optimally from the moment that you turn it on requiring no user interaction for it’s features to work.
It has been designed as an “always on” system and once set-up only needs to be maintained when new activities, appointments or photos etc need adding. The end user does not have to do anything other than occasionally look at the display to benefit from it – there is no other interaction required.

The myhomehelper control panel

The myhomehelper control panel is accessed via the myhomehelper website providing a simple set-up system allows you to the tailor the myhomehelper display to suit individual needs. The control panel can be accessed by family from anywhere that has access to an internet connection – be that at home, work or even on holiday.
Features

The myhomehelper tablet has numerous features all of which are provided without any need for the user to do anything
Key features include:
Calendar Clock
Daily and Weekly Diary
Timed and Random Reminders
Auto Answer Video Calling
Photos
Instant Messaging (SMS and Web)
News Headlines
Talking Text
Benefits of myhomehelper

myhomehelper is being used by people around the world for a variety of different conditions, enabling families to stay in touch with their loved ones and providing the following benefits:
Increases independence
Reduces anxiety and depression
Reduces feelings of isolation
Provides memory stimulation and reminiscence
Gives peace of mind for family and friends
These are benefits that were not only experienced personally by myhomehelper creator, Kevin, they have also been reported anecdotally from customers and they have been observed in independent evaluations.
· Calendar Clock

Why will you do well?

Customer service and ensuring the product works as effectively as possible for our range of customers and conditions. 100% 5 star customer rating.
Based on experience and feedback so the product remains current and functional with new functionality being added into existing subscription, with no additional cost.

Where are you based?

Based in Hull, UK but myhomehelper is available worldwide and available in multiple languages

When was the company launched?

Simpla Solutions was set up in 2011 and myhomehelper was officially launched in 2015

What have been your biggest wins to date?

Kevin having the confidence in the product in 2011 and quitting a well paid IT management role to create myhomehelper.
myhomehelper has won or been a finalist of several major awards including:
2016 HEY Digital Awards, Emerging Technology Finalist
2105 ADASS and Tech UK Care App Showcase, Top Care App
2104 National Dementia Care Awards, Outstanding Dementia Care Product/Innovation
2013 AbilityNet Technology4Good Awards, Peoples Choice Award Winner, Accessibility Award Runner Up

Who are you trying to attract to your product?

B2C – Carers and family members of those living with cognitive impairments or those who struggle with modern technology.
B2B – Councils, Care home groups, independent living housing providers, NHS and Social workers/OTs

Tell us about your team?

It has been predominantly Kevin, working on the design and proof of concept from 2011-2018. With a good reputation and tested product, Helen, his partner, has joined him on a part time basis to raise the awareness of myhomehelper.

What are your plans for the future?

Increase the number of sales of myhomehelper and number of organisations aware of the product.
Maintain the 100% of 5 star ratings from customers.

How do people get in touch with you?

e-mail – [email protected]

Phone – Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm (GMT) on 01482 217 285
(+44 1482 217285 from outside the UK)
Free trial – http://www.myhomehelper.co.uk/home/trial.aspx
Online chat – ask questions via website http://www.myhomehelper.co.uk/home/home.aspx


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