Home care company Five Good Friends has received a $2 million funding boost to assist more older people to stay in their own home longer.
Home care company Five Good Friends has received a $2 million funding boost to assist more older people to stay in their own home longer. David Nielsen

$2 million to help Queenslanders age in place

BRISBANE-BASED home care company Five Good Friends has received a $2 million state government funding boost to assist more older people to stay in their own home longer.

Acting Premier and Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the company developed IT applications that allowed older people to stay in their own home longer while maintaining connections with their family, friends and community.

"Five Good Friends has developed an app so members can request help they need, when they need it," Mr Pitt said.

"The app communicates with a members family, identifies who will be helping, confirms when help has been provided and shares the information with family members.

"We know that the majority of older people prefer to stay in their own home and around 60% of older Queenslanders live in their own home.

"Living at home supports a person's independence and can sustain their comfort while providing other opportunities which may not be as available in more institutional settings such as continuing established social activities or caring for pets.

"By combining skilled community services professionals, community networks and easy-to-use technology, Five Good Friends creates a digital help marketplace which is accessed through the company's Family App.

"The Family App enables clients to request, personalise and rate home care and share this information with family and friends.  It also allows them to build their own digital 'community' of like-minded people around them.

"This helps ease the responsibility of care from informal carers that is carried out overwhelmingly by women in their peak working years. This can allow for greater workforce participation for those who have carer responsibilities."


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