Oscar Family is a very easy-to-use application designed for seniors to communicate with their family and friends. It also provides entertainment features and seniors can get remote help from a family member or friend.
Today's communication tools might be too complex for senior people. Oscar Family was developed to provide easy and safe communication between seniors and the whole family. The senior does not need to have any computer experience. Moreover, seniors can ask for remote help from younger family members (admin).
For seniors and non-tech savvy people who want to stay in touch with their family and friends and those who want to explore the online world easily, at their own pace. Oscar Family is also used by other family members who would like to stay in touch with the senior no matter where they are in the world.
The Oscar Family application is designed to be used on any Android and iOS tablet or smartphone. These devices are available in retail shops.
No, Oscar Family is a downloadable application. Like this, users can choose a device (screen size and spec) that fits their needs.
Yes, you can, there is no need to buy a new device. Please check the version of the operating system (see below).
Oscar Family app is compatible with Android version 6 and up and iOS version 12.1 and up.
Yes, it is necessary to have a Wi-Fi connection (i.e. wireless internet) if you want to use the Oscar Family application. We strongly recommend using Wi-Fi. The other option is to have a device with a SIM card (4G) and data plan.
Oscar Family offers much more than just communication. We have divided features into three groups:
Communication: video calls (even auto-answer), sending/receiving photos and messages, reminders.
Entertainment: games, Facebook, Netflix, Spotify, Youtube, internet.
Information: news, weather, Wikipedia, translator, maps, etc.
Oscar Family is available in English, Czech, Dutch, and German language.
As long as there is a connection to the internet via Wi-Fi or SIM card (4G), Oscar Family can be used anywhere.
Yes, every user must have the e-mail address to sign up for and use Oscar Family.
Oscar Family is designed for seniors and it runs in a special interface which is an absolutely safe environment that protects them from scams. Seniors can not accidentally exit the app, there are no pop-up windows or alert messages from third parties.
Remote help can be provided to the senior by the admin (a family member or friend, who was chosen and asked by the senior). Once the selected person agrees to be an admin, he/she can add or remove contacts and apps for the senior according to the senior user's proficiency and interest.
Every user (typically senior) can request a person from his/her contact list to become the admin. In the Oscar Family app, click on the person's avatar and select "Request remote help". The person will need to confirm.
Yes, there can be more than one admin who can help the senior user remotely.
Yes, it is possible that the admin helps more than one senior. The senior/user has to ask a person to become her/his admin.
Yes, seniors' friends and family will have to download the Oscar Family application on their devices and sign up in order to communicate with the seniors via the Oscar Family app.
Even though Oscar Family is a platform for apps, it is not possible to add any additional apps to the platform. We made a careful selection of the most used applications and integrated them into the Oscar Family application. If you would like to add some specific application that you believe could be widely used by many seniors, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All users have the same app installed on their devices (smartphone or tablet). There are 4 tabs at the bottom of the screen.
Dashboard: This is the main screen for seniors with contacts and access to apps.
Contacts: This is meant for family and friends. Only contacts (communication features) are visible.
Notifications: In this tab, you can see all new notifications.
Settings: This tab lets you adjust settings as well as add/remove contacts and apps.
To log out from the Oscar Family app, you need to open the Settings tab and then click on your name. Afterward, tap the Logout icon in the upper right corner and confirm that you want to log out.
To change the home app (launcher), go to the Oscar Family app on the senior's device and open the Settings tab. This will take you to the preferences, where you can change the home app. If you select Oscar Family, the device will always return to the main screen of Oscar Family when pressing the home key.
In the Oscar Family app on your smartphone, open the Contacts tab click the contact you'd like to manage, and then click the Manage remotely button. This will take you to *Remote management *of the senior's device and here you can add or remove apps and contacts, as well as set preferences for certain apps. Please note that only the admin of the senior is allowed to do this.
For older people, even picking up an incoming call can be difficult (especially for those with reduced mobility, disabilities, and dementia patients.) With the auto-answer call feature, you are able to start and also answer a call - this means your elderly loved one gets connected with you without touching the tablet. To do so on your smartphone open the Contacts tab select to contact you'd like to call and then click the *Auto answer *button. Please note that only the admin of the senior is allowed to do this.
Yes, it is possible to change the news source remotely from the Oscar Family app of the admin. In the Oscar Family app on your smartphone, open the* Contacts* tab click the contact you'd like to manage the news source for, and then click *the Manage *Remotely button. Then open the News app. There you can type in the URL of a news source you want to show on the senior's tablet. The last step is to confirm it by clicking on the Set button at the bottom right corner. Please note that only the admin of the user can do so.
You can set up reminders remotely from your smartphone app. In the Oscar Family app on your smartphone, open the Contacts tab click the contact you'd like to manage, and then click the Manage remotely button. afterward, open the Reminders app. Then click Add reminder button in the bottom right corner, enter reminder details, and click Close. It will appear immediately on the senior's device in the Reminders app and the alarm will go off on the selected date and time. Please note that only the admin of the senior is allowed to do this.
To edit or delete reminders (on the senior's tablet or remotely on your smartphone) you need to swipe left on the reminder you want to edit.
You can contact us anytime at email@example.com.
Oscar Family is easy to install, however, we recommend a family member to help set up the application for the senior user. Because we do not sell hardware devices we do not provide an installation service.
The Oscar Family app will be kept up to date with the latest version. Please check the device settings.
New features will be released on a frequent base.
There is a 1-month free trial. Afterward, Oscar Family costs US$4.99/month or US$49.99/year. There is also an option to buy discounted packages for more family members - you can find out more at www.oscarsenior.com/pricing.
Your account will be limited in functionality if you do not pay a subscription after 1 month's trial. If you pay for a subscription, you can cancel it anytime from within the application.
If you want to delete your account permanently you can do so in the application in the Settings tab or you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We accept PayPal payments, and most credit and debit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, and Discover.
Every user needs to be on a subscription in order to use Oscar Family app after the 1 month's trial, but it is possible for one user to pay and manage one subscription for multiple users (family members).
E-mail us on email@example.com. We'll get back to you within a few hours.