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New app to save time and money for Irish Wheelchair Association

The app allows personal assistants to access timesheets and work schedules on smartphones and facilitates realtime workflow management, reducing costs.

Kathleen McLoughlin (left), Chief Executive Officer, the Irish Wheelchair Association Anne O’Leary (right), Business and Enterprise Director, Vodafone Ireland  and at the launch of an innovative new mobile app
Kathleen McLoughlin (left), Chief Executive Officer, the Irish Wheelchair Association Anne O’Leary (right), Business and Enterprise Director, Vodafone Ireland and at the launch of an innovative new mobile app

THE IRISH WHEELCHAIR Association (IWA) and Vodafone Ireland have launched a new mobile app that they say will “streamline and enhance the services of the IWA”.

The association is one of the biggest providers of Assisted Living Services in Ireland which operates in every county of Ireland and supports people with disabilities to live in their own homes, with full independence and control over their service.

This new app facilitates real-time workflow management and 24/7 monitoring for supervisors. It also enables the IWA’s nationwide team of personal assistants to work remotely, doing everything from timesheets to checking work schedules from their handheld device, reducing the need to attend their IWA regional office.

The IWA said the ‘Mobile Application Pilot Solution’ will “improve the management and operation” of its assisted living service and reduce its costs. Through this app, the process will be automated in real time as the personal assistants complete their jobs with service users.

Vodafone provided €60,000 in funding to develop the app and has provided the mobile devices and network for the IWA team.  The app was trialed by 30 personal assistants over recent months and will be rolled out to 70 more from this week.

Speaking at the launch of the app, Kathleen McLoughlin, Chief Executive Officer, the Irish Wheelchair Association said, “We are constantly looking for new, innovative and creative solutions to ensure we deliver high quality, person centred, cost effective services.”

“This mobile app will really streamline our administration process and as a result enhance the service we deliver in communities in every county in Ireland, supporting people with physical disabilities to live in their own homes with full independence,” she added.

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