CAREFOLK CASE STUDY
ABOUT THE CASE
There are nearly 200,000 unpaid carers in The Republic of Ireland who in 2016 provided over 6.6 million hours per week of care to friends or family members (source – Census). This was over a 5% increase compared to 2011. There are also around 63,000 professional care workers/home carers. This has also seen a considerable increase in numbers since 2011 with a yearly growth of 2.7%. Since the turn of the century the average age of life expectancy in Ireland has risen by 5 years and much like the rest of the developed world this is likely to continue to increase as advances in medicine and healthcare continue. Here there was a market where technology and innovation could make a positive difference to people's lives.