Listen Now: Papa App Offers Elderly Companionship On-Demand
Friendship costs you nothing, but it could earn you a couple bucks.
Papa is a health tech company that provides grandchildren on demand for people who don’t have a lot of family or a caretaker. Before the coronavirus pandemic, younger people on the app were matched with someone older who needed help or company. The two would do things such as play games, run errands or go to doctor appointments.
But according to The Chicago Tribune, the app has changed. While you can still go on and get paired, activities are now restricted to phone calls or a quick wave when groceries are dropped off. Doing these tasks can bring in between eleven and fourteen dollars an hour, not including tips or extra handouts for things such as gas.
Right now, Papa is available in about twenty states with the people asking for extra help being charged between twenty and twenty-five dollars an hour. Now the app is more important than ever. Family members are signing up loved ones because they can’t be there, so grandma gets company and their partner supplements their bank account.
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