Kelly Ilnicki is very close to her 89-year-old grandmother, who until recently lived alone in a home hundreds of miles away in Oceanside, near San Diego.
Three or four times a day, Ilnicki, a resident of Redwood City in Silicon Valley, talks to her grandmother via VideoCare, a video-conferencing system for seniors and their extended families and caregivers that was developed by a startup of the same name.
When the paramedics arrived, Ilnicki was able to explain via VideoCare what had happened, as well as discuss what medication her grandmother was on.
VideoCare’s premise is a simple one. Today’s 80- and 90-year-olds retired from the work force before the Internet and smartphones were a staple of daily living, and they are the generation least able to navigate the onslaught of new technology.