How Do I? was designed to support people to live more independently.
Developed by educational professionals, How Do I?:
supports independent learning
is age appropriate and fun to use
innovates living and learning spaces in a cost-effective way
has been observed in several Outstanding OFSTED and CQC inspections
“We worked with How Do I? from 2018 as we were looking for ways to improve our training materials and continue to make them more accessible. We have trialled the app within 2 of our social enterprises and got to see the impact that using the technology has had on the people we support.
We’ve found that the app encourages people to learn independently, there’s less reliance on staff and people feel empowered by following instructions by themselves. Because we can make our own videos it provides consistency to the way we get our work done and it means that everyone is working to the same standards.
The app works particularly well within Mailout – our warehouse and distribution social enterprise, each work task was formerly guided by paper instructions, now by using phones it feels more accessible, fun and easy to understand. Our apprentices said “If only I had this at this at the beginning on my apprenticeship – it would have been SO much easier!”.
We are now looking to make videos for each of the tasks we do at Mailout to fulfil our customer orders. We’re excited to see the impact that working with How Do I? will have.”
Awards Centre and Training Manager
The Camden Society
“The service also used technology to support people with day to day tasks. Technology used was an interactive resource consisting of step by step life skill task videos presented on an application on a smart device such as a phone or tablet. Near Field Communication (NFC) tags were place around people's living space such as in the kitchen and bathroom. NFC tags can be small stickers, which contain a small unpowered NFC chip. Depending on how the tag is programmed, it can change various settings, launch apps and perform certain actions just by holding your smart device close to it. People could scan their smart device and a video was played to help them with such tasks as making a sandwich, brushing their teeth and doing their laundry.
The locality manager told us the NFC tags had been used successfully in two of the four schemes with people using the videos to help with day to day tasks. The locality manager told us they did a presentation at the local authority celebration day where other providers were interested in using the NFC tag technology. A relative told us, ‘[Relative's] speech is getting better. She does her own washing. She has improved one hundred percent. She's come such a long way.’ This meant the service encouraged the safe use of innovative and pioneering approaches to care and support for people.”