Innovation That Matters

Site helps adults arrange care for their aging parents

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Care for the aging baby boomer generation is a challenge we recently saw addressed by N2Care’s MedCottage line of pop-up, medically equipped suites. Now, ConnectAde is helping boomers’ grown children arrange hands-on assistance from the caregivers their parents need. Whereas many adults tend to think that finding suitable housing is the main challenge in caring for aging parents, there are also a variety of medical, legal and financial decisions to be made. That’s where Michigan-based ConnectAde comes in, with a step-by-step process that’s designed to make the process easier. Users begin by entering their ZIP code along with their loved one’s primary ailment and an email address. The free site then creates a Care Action Plan specific to the user’s needs and geographic location, complete with next steps to take and local providers who can offer assistance. From there on, a private, secure dashboard helps families coordinate their loved one’s care. Providers, meanwhile, can list themselves in the site’s database for free, giving them a way to easily connect with new clients. Ad-supported ConnectAde is free for both users and care providers; the only costs are a USD 5 fee paid by professional care providers each time they view the contact details and message submitted by an interested user. Currently, however, the site serves only those in the U.S. One to partner with or emulate for other parts of the world? (Related: Walking cane for seniors, upgraded with styleHome enhancement service focuses on senior citizensHealth and wellness shop focuses on seniors.) Spotted by: Zachary Love



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