This is a page for ideas and proposals, as simple as that. We’re particularly interested in ideas and proposals that don’t appear anywhere else. They may be original or provocative or both.

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Communication apps

There are hundreds of communication apps for smartphones and tablets for people with little or no spoken language. How do families and others find out which works well or is suited to the person they’re concerned with? We need someone or some body of people who are prepared to do some ‘Which?’-type thinking for this group of consumers.

Can computers help people to make decisions?

Scenario: I’ve had a stroke and now I find myself dependent on services to live anything near a life which is normal. Having got through the initial crisis I’m now faced with deciding how to use a personal budget that has been allocated to me. I know nothing about social care and certainly find it difficult to decide between one service or provider and the next. I’ve been pointed towards a site that allows me to ‘shop’ for my support but that really doesn’t help to discriminate between one sort of service and another. How do I arrive at a decision? I could contact my care co-ordinator but she is the most non-committal of people and doesn’t know too much about what works for people like me.  Or (and this is thinking a bit into the future) I could use some decision-making software to help me to resolve my dilemma.

Decision-making software is used in many areas of  life. For example, if I’m choosing the best contraception for me, there’s Brook’s My Contraception Tool. But it doesn’t seem to have touched social care. When decisions to be taken by people are both complex, far-reaching and difficult to make it seems strange that no-one’s done any work in this area. There are software companies like Maldaba who are interested in supporting decision making with customised software, so why don’t we involve them in discussions?