Introducing the New App for Personal Carers in Aged Care
Meet Akira is an interactive story inviting users to learn about spiritual care by engaging in familiar scenarios, by following the daily journey of Akira, a Personal Care Assistant, working with older people. As you share Akira’s story, you will learn that:
- Spiritual care is more than religious care
- Your work already includes acts of spiritual care, that you may not be aware of
- Spiritual care can enrich your own sense of professional value
In accessing Akira’s story through a smart-device or desktop computer, you will see familiar scenarios presented which allow you to learn through the character’s experiences. By understanding your role within the story, you will also gain an understanding of spiritual care which is natural and easy. It will become easy to see that small gestures can have a big impact, and that you will be able to notice the things you do naturally as being important aspects of spiritual care. All you need is internet access and the special link.
Meet Akira has been developed using a co-design process with personal carers and older people; as well as with input from our Reference Group:
- Baptistcare WA
- Fresh Hope
- Hall and Prior
- UnitingCare QLD
- Prof. John Swinton, University of Aberdeen
- Dr. Richard Egan, University of Otago
Meet Akira will be available to member organisations after its launch later in 2020.
Thinking about implementation? Whilst it looks and feels like an app, Meet Akira is technically a website that is designed for mobile first. This makes it much easier for organisations to implement. You can text the link to your staff, email them, or use our SCORM file in your LMS which then links out to the Meet Akira experience.
We will be running special ‘sneak peak’ events in July (on line) so our members can get a better idea about how it looks and works. The full product will be available live to all members who join our annual forum event on 3 September (on line) so you can have a play with it. Then it will be initially made available to Reference Group organisations. At our AGM in November we will release the app to all our members along with further advice to support your implementation. There is no additional cost for members to access and make use of Meet Akira. After its initial launch, we hope to continue to add to the app over time based on the needs of personal carers and our members.