Wrapping Up

Today is our second to last day working for Nightingales on our site! We have been hard at work finishing up the site. The process of de-bugging the site has been taking us longer than expected, but we should have everything sorted out by the end of the day tomorrow.

The site has not been officially launched by our client yet, but you can visit www.indiaelderconnect.com and take a sneak peek for yourself! If you visit the site today, please keep in mind that we’re still actively making changes and fixing last-minute bugs. 🙂

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This is the homepage for the Elders & Caregivers side of India ElderConnect. On this side of the site, visitors can explore health and legal information, ask experts questions, submit community events, share stories, and locate nearby eldercare services.

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This is the homepage for the organization side of India ElderConnect, where the features are aimed at eldercare professionals. There are resources on legal information for NGOs and a variety of training guides. We’ve also included a forum for eldercare professionals to ask questions and collaborate on projects and ideas.

While creating this site has been an immense challenge, it has also been an invaluable learning opportunity. In the next few days, we’ll be sharing our personal reflections on the process on this blog.

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Weekend Adventure in Pondicherry

This weekend, the Eldercare team took a break from WordPress and PHP coding to visit the coastal city of Pondicherry! Rachel, Pritika, and Anna had their first experience taking an overnight sleeper bus from Bangalore to Pondicherry. Despite having “sleep” in the name of the bus, we didn’t get much rest on the bumpy roads!

We made it to Pondicherry and spent two days exploring beaches, churches, and temples.

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We took a speedboat through the backwaters to Paradise Beach, where we enjoyed some coconuts while dipping our toes in the Bay of Bengal.

We have to say though, we’re glad to be back in Bangalore. Pondicherry brought a whole new meaning to hot and humid! We had a fun adventure, but now it’s time to get back to work!

We Have a Site Up!

Over the past week and a half, we’ve been hard at work building out our live site. It’s coming together!

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Above is a screenshot of our current home page. The styling isn’t complete, but our final site will look similar. We’re using a plug-in called Uber Menus to help us create the navigation system.

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When you hover over any of the main menu categories, a submenu appears with the more specific menu items. Our site has lots of varied content, and this menu system is helping us to organize all our information. This menu is one of the features that we’ll be testing with our usability tests next week.

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The screenshot above is an example of one of our legal content pages. There are many laws that are relevant to Indian senior citizens. We’re parsing apart the legal content to create pages of information that are easy to navigate and understand.

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This is our question-and-answer page in its current state. With this feature, senior citizens and their families can post a question about medical, legal, or other issues, and an expert provided by Nightingales will post a timely response. We are still working on the styling, organization, and language of this page but it is functional at this point. Users will be able to sort the questions by category, recency, and the number of up-votes.

Currently, we’re tackling the last two features that require more technical coding. Our “Finding Services” page will ideally pull a user’s location to show them eldercare services located near to them on a Google map plug-in. One of the biggest challenges of this feature is that locations in India do not have standard addresses. Many people use landmarks to navigate. This thus makes it difficult to pinpoint an exact location on a map. (Check out the Urban Informatics GIEP project to learn more about these challenges!). Eldercare organizations will be able to create a listing for their organization and enter their address. Tom is working on some code that will put their address from the listing and create a pinpoint on a Google map.

The other feature we are working on is user accounts. We will have two different classes of users on the site: senior citizens and their families, and eldercare organizations. The two different user groups will have unique capabilities on the site. For example, eldercare organizations will be able to create listings of their services, but senior citizens and their families will not have access to create a listing. Rachel is configuring these user accounts.

Once we have these features in working order, our site will be fully functional and it will be time for styling, user testing, and tweaking!