RemPods was first established in 2009 by Richard Ernest. Richard relocated from South East London to Gloucestershire in 2008 and was inspired to set up the innovative healthcare product when he formed a close relationship with an elderly neighbour.
Richard drove 98-year-old Sydney to and from a care home to see his terminally ill wife. When she sadly passed away, the pair became close friends, going to the cinema together and to the local pub.
Sydney then moved into a care home himself and Richard continued to visit him. It was here that the idea of ‘reminiscence pods’ came to him.
Richard quickly realised the importance of familiarity for dementia sufferers and appreciated the fact that care homes needed to have more stimulating surroundings for those living with the degenerative illness. With this in mind, he decided to create a cost-effective "pop-up" reminiscence room that would enable a care home to transform their clinical space into a therapeutic and calming environment. The RemPod was born!
In 2013, Richard had ideas to expand RemPods, but struggled to get support from the bank, leading him to brave a grilling on the BBC TV programme, Dragons’ Den. Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones joined together and offered investment to expand the business.
Watch Richard in the Dragons Den
Thanks to this cash injection, RemPods has now expanded its product range to include interactive Wall Features as well as full decoration services within care homes, the NHS and private hospitals.