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Storiicare - innovation in person centred care

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After being admitted to hospital with kidney failure, Glaswegian Cameron Graham found himself sharing a ward with an elderly man with dementia. Seeing how this man was unresponsive and introverted when alone and with staff, but responsive and talkative when his granddaughter visited with photo albums, Graham began looking into tools or products that might be capable of helping this man and people like him to connect to the present in the same way he was connecting to the past every time he saw those photo albums.

This research became an idea, which became a tech-for-good startup:
StoriiCare.

Glasgow-based StoriiCare focuses mainly on social inclusion and reminiscence, and is being used by care homes in the UK as well as seeing more interest in the United States, the largest healthcare market available to the startup. To simplify StoriiCare, it has been dubbed the ‘Facebook for care’. Care staff can easily and securely use it on any device to help the user add their life stories, media, connect with family, as well as allowing the staff to log activities and manage care tasks, fill in details about the user and update forms, etc. 

By using StoriiCare, family members can ensure that their loved one receives messages promptly, and can upload pictures, videos, and music for them. By seeing staff activity via StoriiCare, not only can family keep up with what their loved one is doing, but a better connection between family and staff is fostered.

Reminiscence therapy is proven to aid with dementia, as well as memory loss, depression, and anxiety, all-too-common issues among those in care. The last year has been focused on raising £1m in seed funding, getting off to a good start with a five-figure investment in February from Four Seasons Healthcare founder Robert Kilgour, and StoriiCare is looking to raise up to £5m in 2018. Cameron Graham is also the first Scottish tech entrepreneur to be accepted for We Are The Future’s 2017 Silicon Valley Accelerate Programme, fully funded.

In case it doesn’t go without saying, we think such a potentially impactful startup, dealing with such a vital issue, will do quite well.

 

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Published on: 26th November 2017

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