There are around 2.5 billion homes worldwide with about 8 billion people as of 2022. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), by 2030, one in six people in the world will be aged 60 years or over.
Globally, this segment of the population is growing faster than all other age groups and the average household will have very different needs in less than a decade.
At the same time, people with temporary or long-term disabilities represent over 1 billion people, according to the WHO. This corresponds to about 15% of the world’s population.
We all know a friend or relative who is not able to leave their home as easily as most people do.
Homebound users may often require assistance to perform daily activities due to mobility or cognitive limitations. Some of these limitations could be short-term, such as healing from surgery, due to a high-risk pregnancy, recuperating from accidents, suffering from mental health issues, or even due to caring for a newborn.
For people who work or live away from homebound loved ones, the challenge can be costly and frustrating as the time at home increases.
Another important economic factor is the number of people dropping out of the workforce to care for these loved ones, costing billions in taxes to governments across the globe when we look at long-term needs.
But as much as we want to assist our loved ones, we must remember that they want to be independent for as long as possible. So, what can we do to help them increase independence and actively participate in fulfilling their daily needs?
What are the options?
There is a wide range of options available to help homebound people. Some are complex or expensive as government retirement and disability support is often limited.
Organizing paid carers is an option, but not an affordable solution for most people.
There is also smart home technology to consider, which can help people to manage connected appliances and devices. Smart assistant speakers can help control lights, small appliances, webcams and many other devices and services.
Smart home devices are a more affordable option; however, most appliances and devices are not connected, and keeping track of related services and chores is difficult, especially if we need to organize more than one home.
Smart home speakers allow people to manage connected devices and services via voice and this option provides excellent assistance for many people. Still, for many others who need a visual solution, smart speakers may not be sufficient.
There are emerging solutions which can solve many issues for a monthly fee, and then there is the mix-and-match approach to put together a solution that can fit different types of needs. Having a home with different kinds of connected smart appliances and devices is not cheap and when something malfunctions, it can be quite frustrating and difficult to reconnect for less tech-savvy users. Add the cost and skills required to use the internet and for many – especially elder users – the smart home ecosystem is simply unaffordable.
What if we can offer our loved ones different types of help, to manage daily home chores and ease their lives a little, from virtually anywhere and with little or no extra cost?
Is there a hub for connected devices, smart assistants, carers, and services?
The Home Super Apps Suite
The home productivity and collaboration super apps suite is not only a useful all-in-one solution but also very easy to use, free and very flexible.
The Home Super Apps Suite consolidates organization, management, and collaboration for multiple households. For example, the Hosst.app Apps Suite allows users to easily switch between apps, keeping family and household members in sync.
Each Super App offers a particular set of features designed to solve specific tasks and it works in sync with all other apps and within a circle of authorized users.
With apps for rooms, appliances, services and frequent home activities, users have access to an entire ecosystem of apps, available independently or as a group.
These home apps empower users with the tools and knowledge to perform everyday home activities — and even provide the ability to solve unexpected issues remotely, making them ideal for homebound users.
By 2027, Gartner predicts that more than 50% of the global population will be daily active users of multiple #superapps.
Smart home devices and hubs require a device and app installation; however, most people prefer a solution to quickly solve an immediate issue or to complete a task without all the extra features and distractions.
For example: “I need troubleshooting help, I want to find spare parts, buy laundry supplies, book a technician, or get a warranty expiration reminder for my washer or my grandma’s washer, where do I go? Washers.app or Alexa?”
The homebound.app is specially made to help people manage home activities for elderly and homebound users.
The appliances.app can keep users up to date with warranty expirations, maintenance dates, payments due or reordering groceries and supplies, all from a remote location to help homebound users with everyday home activities. The home apps provide a central hub for as many or as few apps as you need.
The Homebound.App Suite: when they need a sense of independence, and you need peace of mind.
Super Useful, Super Easy, Super Apps!