The main idea is to offer mainly an online platform which is supported by an offline service where elderly could connect with young parents whose own parents don´t live nearby to help them with daily tasks and vice versa.
The online platform itself is build upon the principle of a social platform. Each member can set up a profile, mentioning what they can help with (like doing homework with the kids, baking, etc.) but also what they would need help with (e.g. help with the monthly shopping, be taught how to use the computer, etc.). The information given about each member on the profile will be the same for both; the future gRENTparents as well as the parents of the kids.
For older people who don´t know how to use the computer. gRENTparents will provide drop-in centers. These elderly can then go in there, get informed about the concept and let the g(RENT)parents employees/volunteers let them help with setting up an online profile. Also the drop-in centers could also be embedded in public institutions=partners like (e.g: libraries, schools, etc.) to outsource the service. As in those institutions computers are provided, elderly can go there to get help with setting up or maintain their online profile. In each of those institutions at least one employee will be assigned and trained by a proper gRENTparents employee about how the concept works and how it can be easily explained to older people who are not familiar with computer technology. So then, every area will either have a gRENTparents dorp-in center (responsible for an area within the radius of 10miles) and/or (depends on the residential density), partners in this area acting as a drop-in center.
The information of the gRENTparents will then be put online; they´ll be marked to be `not active online members´, so that parents know when it comes to delays in response, etc. After a maximum of two exchanges online between the `not active online members` (exchange process will be maintained with the help of the gRENTparents volunteers, employees or partners) and the interested parent both the gRENTparents and the actual parents will be asked to meet on one of the organized getting together events (organized by gRENTparents itself) or in future by engaged gRENTparents users.
Every two weeks a getting together event organized by the gRENTparents employees itself will be organized to ease the first contact. Also once in a while a sharing event will be held, where people from the area who are taking part in the concept get together and share their experiences. Also the possibility of general computer classes, presentations, etc. will be organized within each area.
After the first steps and once the elder people become actual gRENTparents, the parents or even the children are then responsible to explain their gRENTparents in how to use the computer properly, so that they can maintain their profile.
The concept itself would help to bring together people from different generations who all live in the same area. Due to urbanization many young couples live far away from their own parents and so when it comes to daily tasks have no one on their side to help them with. Also moments, like e.g.; the first zoo visit for the child could be something to share with the individual gRENTparents if the proper ones live too far away.