The Age of Internet and Elder Care

The Age of Internet and Elder Care

by Kyla Dewar

In today's day and age, technology rules the world. There's hardly a person out there who doesn't have some electronic gadget on them at all times, helping them meet the demands of day-to-day life. It's become the norm! But when you stop to think about it, society’s shift towards being so technology-centric has been a relatively recent change.

The World Wide Web as we know it was only invented in the early '90s, meaning the most recent generations actually grew up during the big boom of technology. Many people alive today spent their formative years with little to no technology, making it harder for them to understand the data-driven world we live in now- and nearly impossible to catch up with the near-daily advancements that come with it.

So you may ask then, why create a website for the elderly to find caretakers such as ElderCare.com? The answer is simple. Though we understand the technical limitations of our ageing population, we also recognize that more often than not it is the children or grandchildren of those in need who are reaching out to find care.

Learning from Younger Generations

Though we do have many elderly users who seek care for themselves, the vast majority of our users are the family or loved ones of those needing care. This means that more often than not, younger generations are navigating our website and, leading to success rather than confusion when looking for caregivers online.

Those who grew up with access to technology, and especially those who had a school curriculum that covered technology-related topics, have little to no difficulty navigating the internet. This is how a site like ElderCare.com can be successful!

By understanding where the need for care stems from — families who see their parents or grandparents in need of assistance — we were able to create a platform for finding care that connects the older generations that require care, with the younger generations who can provide it.

Finding Care Online Is For Everyone

Finding care online doesn't need to be reserved for those with internet savviness. Even though older generations may not fully understand all the ins and outs of the internet, it doesn't mean they can't use it to find care with the help of those they love. The old ways of employing people — classified ads and word-of-mouth — are no longer the best ways to search for jobs. Because of this, it's important to ensure that quality care can be found for everyone online, with ease.

About the Author
Kyla Dewar
Kyla holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Ryerson University and has been featured in several newspapers and magazines since beginning her career as a writer. She currently works as a Care Communication Specialist at CareGuide and is the lead writer and editor for blog content on Housekeeper.com, ElderCare.com, HouseSitter.com, CanadianNanny.ca, PetSitter.com, and Sitter.com.