Smartphone app supports Cornish resident to live independently

As part of an innovative trial led by Cornwall Council, a resident from Cornwall is able to live more independently by using the smartphone app “Brain in Hand”.

The app gives easy access to coping strategies, reminders and notes to people who might be living with a learning disability, autism or a mental health condition. 

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Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults Rob Rotchell said: “Cornwall Council is currently trialling a number of different types of technology that support people in different ways to live independently.

“These trials have shown that the support they offer can change the lives of the people that use them, as well as their family members and carers.

“The way that care and support is delivered in Cornwall has to move with the technology that is now available and whilst the technology does not replace contact with people, it is able to enhance someone’s quality of life and independence.”

Fran Johnson, from Liskeard has been using the app for 5 months and it has helped her to manage her morning routine, with prompts that remind her of her daily tasks. She said: “I can also pick different faces which help me communicate to people about how I am feeling. It reminds me about appointments, for example, to remind me when I work in the charity shop”.

Ana Ribeiro from Action on Hearing Loss supports Fran on a daily basis, she says: “It’s been great to see the change in Fran. The aim of using the app was to help her be more confident and I have definitely seen her transform, she’s now able to manage her morning routine and we are now working towards her being able to confidently go shopping on her own.”

Rob Rotchell added: “Cornwall Council faces huge challenges to deliver care services with limited and stretched resources as well as responding to people’s changing expectations of public services.

“Technology Enabled Care is a key way of developing care services to meet with these expectations and the results of these trials show how much of an impact it can make on people’s lives”

Nationally, Brain in Hand has so far helped more than 4,000 people to reduce anxiety and improve independence, lowering demand on carers and support services.

You can visit the Brain in Hand website for more information. 

Posted on 01 May