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Let's say a family member needs to step out for a few hours and needs someone last minute to care for their parent / grandparent. They could jump on this app and quickly find someone to stay for a few hours while you head out. I imagine the biggest concern is trusting a last-second caregiver so let's assume trust is not an issue. Do you see yourself / others using a service like this? All thoughts are very welcome! I'm in an MBA program and I want to see if there's any weight to this idea.

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This kind of service is desperately needed. I wish I could envision a way it could work.

I don't know the percentage, but a large number of elders being cared for in their homes have dementia. Sitting with a person who has dementia is not remotely like sitting with a child who has measles. People with dementia have broken brains. They are often unpredictable. Someone who is docile with his family members could be violent with a stranger, for example.

My mother and husband both had dementia. I've got about 14 years experience dealing with that dreadful disease. I think I'm pretty good at it. I'd be willing to have more training. BUT ... would I be willing to go into a home and care for someone with dementia who has no idea who I am or what I'm doing in his space? I think I would be afraid. Yes. Afraid for my physical safety.

Perhaps it would be less worrisome to sit with someone who has cancer or COPD or mobility issues. But sitting with a person who has dementia could be like sitting with a three-year-old who has the strength and skills of a professional wrestler. Doing this in a drop-in care center or long term care facility, where there are other trained adults who could provide backup if necessary, would be much more comfortable.
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Would you use this service to babysit your child? Not that there is ANY comparison between caring for elders and caring for children, but both are vulnerable populations.
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No, I wouldn’t use it. Most of our ancient parents would freak if some stranger popped in while the regular caregiver leaves.
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Just read about an organization that sends highly trained monkeys to help people at home. Wouldn't it be a problem changing diapers, since monkeys are known to fling poo?

The monkey might even pinch back, Lol.
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I wonder if a robot could change a diaper? The Viking might have trouble pinching it though

Seriously however, caregiving agencies have trouble filling last minute assignments - while it is an interesting thought to quickly fill a need I'm having some trouble envisioning this even if the service pre screened the care providers ?
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Knock knock, Hello Maam, Uber here to change your diapers? Lol.
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Interesting idea, for sure!

I don't know how trust could not be an issue.

If the care providers all had basic training and background checks that might help.

Hallebban, would you leave your confused and paranoid grandmother with a stranger you found on a list?
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