Hyderabad: For a country that has an elderly population (above the age of 60) of over 100 million, the support system is low. Added to this is the fact that most of these elderly people tend to live alone without much help and support. In order to cater to the needs of the elderly population and to keep their families well-informed about their safety and needs, Hyderabad-based One Big Family (www.obfapp.com) was born.
It is an online application that helps the elderly use different services ranging from payments, medical care, mobility, shopping, travel, employment, reminders, emergency needs, home services and much more. While the elderly person can use the application for their own use, the other side is that the family members can remotely activate and facilitate various services on offer as and when needed. This will help those elderly people who are not as technologically advanced and are having issues with using the app. Apart from regular needs, the app also offers premium services like concierge, regular medical care and surprise your loved ones with gifts or experiences.
“The app is the one-stop online application provides access to all needs for the elderly citizen through their smartphone and enables them to connect with their loved ones. Currently, we are starting with our services in Hyderabad in the phase 1 and in the next phase we plan to take our services to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kerala and Chandigarh – which will happen in the next four to six months,” said Satish Chandran, founder, OBF. He also added that the company will go international by end of 2019 and plans to get into the UAE countries.
OBF has partnered with 12-13 service providers and will be charging a commission on each service used. The company along with its partners has internally raised $400,000 and is looking to raise more funds to fund its expansion needs, Chandran added without divulging details on the investment sought.