A new mHealth platform has launched in Cape Town with the aim of connecting experienced and qualified caregivers to those in need of home-based care.

Called CareChamp, the online platform offers both short and long-term services with a special focus on the elderly.

CareChamp’s user friendly layout allows the user to easily find the right caregiver for their individual needs, enabling them to select their favourite candidate from a pre-selected number of “matched caregivers” according to the client’s profile.

The CareChamp platform includes online bookings; scheduling; automated payments; time tracking through GPS check-in and check-out; ratings of caregivers to ensure on-going quality; as well as care reports generated and sent to clients.

“Whilst technology enables to improve service delivery and reduce costs compared to traditional caregiving placement agencies, the most important element remains to source and vet the best caregivers,” said Founder of CareChamp, Sylvia Gruber.

 “In order to achieve this, we are partnering with NIDO Nursing (Pty) Ltd who run a one-year healthcare assistant course and have trained professional caregivers across South Africa,” continued Gruber.

 All caregivers listed on CareChamp are certified, checked for medical records and police clearance as well as insured with medical mal-practice cover through the company’s group insurance.

Whilst CareChamp focuses on non-medical services through caregivers, it also partners with Enrolled Nurses and Registered Nurses for specialised services such as wound management and to assist with initial assessments and care plan creations.

While the company’s initial launch was in Cape Town, they plan to expand CareChamp’s services across South Africa in due time.

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