The Big Smoke

HomeStay is a service that helps Australians living with a disability to live independently in their own home for longer. This is how it works.

Inclusion through activism for those with various disabilities have brought the needs for that section of the community into the spotlight in recent years; it’s through public discussion and activism that members of the broader public have been better informed about the daily struggles faced by members of the disability community.

The struggle is a very real one, both for those living with disabilities, as well as those championing the needs of disabled people.

Joining this crusade is HomeStay, who have launched a webstore, in conjunction with the HomeStay app, Home Stay Care Ltd have launched a site allowing consumers to purchase their technology solutions via the HomeStay webstore.

This easy-to-navigate webpage allows people with disabilities, their family or carers to browse and select the technology product which best suits their needs.

A mobile-optimised site, the HomeStay webstore features hi-res images, video, technical specifications and tutorials to provide customers with the best information needed to make their purchasing experience as easy and stress-free as possible.

According to HomeStay CEO Phillipa Lewis, the site will make a significant difference in the lives of many people.

“Allowing users, their family and loved ones to directly purchase the solutions from home stay will make a tangible difference in their independence, quality of life and allow people who are older or disabled to remain living independently in their own homes,” she said.

A key focus for federal government agencies, such as NDIA and the Department of Ageing and Aged Care are ‘service clusters’, which allow older consumers and those with disabilities more direct control over how they spend their allocated funding. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates there are 3.7 million Australians who are 65 years or older, as well as 4.1 million disabled Australians currently receiving federal funding. Phillipa Lewis believes that family, friends and carers know how good technology can reduce costs and improve efficiency.

“These people are also best placed to know what types of technology solutions will suit their individual needs,” she says.

The HomeStay app and webstore form part of the suite of products and services which HomeStay have launched to bring about intelligent solutions in the ‘smart’, technology-enabled home.  The HomeStay intelligent home platform allows older Australians and those living with a disability to live independently in their own home for longer. It uses data analysis as well as human monitoring to determine residents’ routines and detect any irregularities.

It’s with early insights such as these which allow for better decision making by care providers and families, which in turn bring about a more focused service, minimise what might be thought of as ‘unnecessary’ care and facilitating welfare checks in a more responsive manner.

It’s with early insights such as these which allow for better decision making by care providers and families, minimising what might be thought of as ‘unnecessary’ care and facilitating welfare checks in a more responsive manner.

The service provides activity information of the user and instant alerts for family members or carers through their smartphones, tablets and computers. It provides an enhanced user experience, plus further insights and real time information to family members and carers, and with it, an increased level of independence to users.

The organisation has taken a front-foot approach to embrace the world of interactive technology to bring a spirit of independence to the lives of those who have traditionally been reliant on the help and assistance of others.