Our Founder, John Perkins, is also an owner of Ethan Group, Australia’s largest privately owned IT company, with revenues exceeding $200 Million. For the past 25 years, John’s focus has been on aged care, with his passion being to improve the quality of life to those needing support, whilst also reducing the cost of care and support through the effective use of technology.
In 2006, John lost one of his daughters, Olivia, to a rare disease. John, and his wife Justine, started the Touched By Olivia Foundation. Amazingly, they helped find a cure to the disease that killed Olivia, with Touched By Olivia then focussing on changing the global landscape of Inclusive Play. Today, Touched By Olivia is achieving its vision in ensuring that communities implement inclusive communities, through the Inclusive Playground network called Livvi’s places, which allow all kids to paly side by side, regardless of their ability. As John notes “A key learning from our Inclusive Livvi’s Place playgrounds is that it is not the disability that causes the inability to play, it is the lack of the designed environment, meaning that any environment can be designed to minimise the impact of a disability.”
This concept was rammed home again when John’s Dad had a fall and went into a RACF, where the lack of the designed environment exacerbated the issue of social isolation. The next year, John started Checked In Care, to provide a better “designed virtual environment” that would improve the over all Quality of Life to those in care, whilst reducing the cost of that care. Today, Checked In Care Customer experience platform is utilised across a wide range of NDIS, HCP, RV and RACF operations.