WeMa Life, an online marketplace and app, has been launched to take the pain out of sourcing, booking and paying for health, care and wellbeing services.
Users can book social care; domiciliary care; nursing; domestic help; personal care and hygiene; massages; yoga and Pilates instructors; nutritionists; physiotherapists; personal trainers; and more.
To support its launch WeMa Life commissioned a survey of more than 2,000 UK adults to uncover the issues that are rife in the health and care space, finding:
- 15% of UK adults currently act as informal carers – equating to 7.85 million people
On average, an informal carer spends 13 hours a week taking on duties such as cooking, cleaning and caring for someone close to them
- 53% say the role has had a significant emotional impact on them, with 30% falling out with friends or family because of tensions around their responsibilities
- 46% believe it is difficult to source reputable healthcare providers
- 53% feel their carer responsibilities have hampered their careers and personal lives
- Two fifths (39%) say the financial burden of being an informal carer has prevented them from leading the lifestyle they want
- 77% of informal carers think they ought to get more support from the Government
- 66% want to see an online solution to make it easier to source healthcare services
Rohit, CEO of WeMa Life, has been working in IT for more than 30 years. In 2013 he sold card payment services company YESpay to WorldPay for more than £20 million. Rajal, the CFO, has over 25 years’ experience working within a range of businesses in the construction, outsourcing and technology sectors, combining strategic, operational, and financial expertise helping these businesses grow. Vivek is the startup’s COO and has a background in professional services and a degree in biomedical sciences.
The three co-founders commented on the launch of WeMa Life:
Rajal Patni, CFO: “WeMa Life was borne out of our family’s own difficult experiences of caring for an elderly relative – we understand the emotional and physical strain of looking after a loved one. It’s a time-consuming role that requires a lot of diligence as well as a huge number of sacrifices. We’re confident that WeMa Life will make this experience far simpler and less stressful, while also helping others better managing their own health.”
Vivek Patni, COO: “After a year of development and months of beta testing, we are delighted to announce the launch of WeMa Life’s multi-service HealthTech platform and app. We are confident that both consumers and businesses will benefit greatly from our easy-to-use product, which combines technological innovation with solid healthcare practices to empower individuals to maintain a healthy lifestyle or better perform informal carer duties.”
Rohit Patni, CEO: “Anyone who has ever been tasked with sourcing domiciliary care for themselves or someone close to them will know how difficult, stressful and cumbersome the process can be. Often blighted by poor communication and requiring multiple platforms, the healthcare industry has been crying out for a better solution to connect care within communities – the launch of WeMa Life will deliver this.”