GrandPad, the first tablet-based solution designed exclusively for older people, is now available in Ireland and the UK.
The high-tech, high-touch company whose mission is to improve the lives of millions of older people, as well as their family and friends, is celebrating its European launch with the opening of its headquarters in Gorey, Co Wexford, Ireland.
GrandPad is focused on reducing loneliness and improving connectivity among those over the age of 75. It is complete with apps designed for older adults that use large, clearly labeled icons for video and voice calls, photos, email, music, games, news, weather and search.
According to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, an estimated 400,000 people in Ireland are lonely. GrandPad believes technology can play an important role in helping older adults reduce loneliness and isolation by allowing them to stay connected with loved ones and live independently at home.
GrandPad’s unique employment approach could also mean significant growth for small-town economies all across Ireland. In the next five years, GrandPad is projecting to employ more than 75 employees in Ireland. GrandPad’s approach is to hire employees in rural communities and enable them to work from their home and avoid long commutes.
Attending today’s launch event, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department Of Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael D’Arcy said, "I am delighted to welcome GrandPad to Gorey. This is a significant win for County Wexford and the South East Region. It highlights the potential and attractiveness of Co Wexford to global companies as an eminently suitable location in which to establish and grow their business. I wish Scott, Edwina and the GrandPad team every success and will follow their progress with interest."
CEO and co-founder of GrandPad, Scott Lien added, "Ireland is a great choice for our European headquarters and we are grateful to our partners at IDA Ireland for endorsing our mission to improve the lives of older people. Our product combines high-tech with high-touch and we’re excited to bring more unique jobs to Ireland while offering a new, innovative solution to help improve the lives of elderly people across Europe."