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The Importance of Connecting with The Elderly Before The Fourth Wave

September 1, 2021

For almost two years the Covid 19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in the lives of everybody living on this planet. Unfortunately, new variants seem to be popping up all the time even though there has been a rise in vaccinations.

Sadly, nobody knows for sure if they are safe from the virus and are uncertain about the future. The third wave of the pandemic caused fear and an increase in infections, and it is very likely that we are yet to see a fourth wave rearing its ugly head.

But where does this leave our elderly loved ones living in care homes who have already had to endure limited or no access to their friends and family since the start of the pandemic?

In this article, we will discuss how important it is for your elderly loved one to be able to connect to their friends and family by making use of video technology as we enter into the possibility of a fourth Covid 19 wave.

We will also talk about the benefits of connecting with our elderly loved ones and how this form of communication can significantly improve how they can live their lives.

Technology and The Elderly During The Covid Pandemic

 

By now, most people are very aware of the preventative behaviors, and protocols needed to protect themselves from the virus, and for most, this means staying at home as much as possible and avoiding large gatherings.

Elderly people in care homes who are at a higher risk of contracting the virus have been shut off from the outside world and most facilities have either limited or stopped families from visiting so that they can keep their residents safe.

Senior citizens are aware that they are at high risk of contracting the virus but being without any contact to and from the outside world and their families can cause extreme anxiety and depression.

In the past few years, great progress has been made in an attempt to introduce the elderly to recent technology and video calling. Unfortunately, there is still much that needs to be done for our elderly loved ones to be able to embrace modern technology and use it to their advantage.

Care2Talk offers remote access that allows administrators to make changes to contacts, view recorded conversations,and even troubleshoot any issues from anywhere in the world

Care2Talk is also able to cater to people who are suffering from conditions associated with:

·     Aging & Dementia

·     Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities

·     Brain Injuries

·     Vision Impairment

·     Physical Disabilities

The Advantages of Video Technology During Covid For The Elderly

 

The desire to communicate through video-calling and technology has increased tenfold since the onset of the pandemic.Unfortunately, there are still several senior citizens who are not quite comfortable with this technology even though they realize that it has the potential to allow them to stay in virtual contact with their loved ones.

Modern technology and video calls have many advantages and can add value to their lives especially while they are inisolation.

Here are a few advantages of being able to use video calling technology to alleviate feelings of loneliness in senior citizens while keeping them safe from Covid 19.

# 1 Staying Connected

 

While physical distancing can have an extremely negative impact on the mental well-being of care home patients, itis, unfortunately, necessary and is not going to change anytime soon.

The elderly need to maintain strong social connections with the people that they love as this can significantly alter their feelings of depression and anxiety.

The ability to connect with others via video calling is an excellent way to increase and maintain an older person's longevity and zest for life.

# 2 Keeping Them Safe

 

It has become essential to limit in-person visits in care homes during the pandemic. This has left very little chance for the elderly to spend time with their loved ones while living in a care home.

Learning how to use video technology to stay in touch can ward away these feelings of helplessness while keeping them safe.

#3 Being Able to Continue with Important Parts of Their Lives

 

Places that your loved one used to visit such as churches, congregations, and other activities have been put on hold until the pandemic eases. This in turn can leave them feeling cut off from life as they used to know it.

Families and caregivers in care homes need to reach out to their patients and assist them to access online platforms so that they can carry on as much as possible with their day-to-day lives.

It is to this end that Care2Talk realized that they was a massive gap in the market, especially amidst the isolation that had to occur during Covid-19. Care2Talk thus resulted from the need to keep the aging population connected to loved ones.

 

This platform provides an easy-to-use and secure product for care facilities, ministries, institutes, anduniversities to connect with their various constituents.

# 4 Easing Loneliness and Increasing Activity

 

There are so many ways in which your loved one can video chat with friends and family by simply using a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. We just need to show them how.

How Video Calling Technology can Enrich Your Loved One's life

 

Staying in contact with loved ones can lead to a much healthier life and a longer lifespan.

Modern technology has also designed ways in which to keep people physically and mentally active through games and light exercise.

Being in contact with the outside world as well as having direct access to doctors and nurses within the care facility can help you to put your mind at ease.

Care2Talk allows for the ability of integration in care homes by using their application directly within the internal systems of the care home.  

Senior citizens can have contact with not only family and friends, but also with the care home administration,care-aide, kitchen, and in-house doctors.

This can make all the difference when it comes to maintaining the emotional health of patients in the care home environment during Covid-19.

What To Consider when Keeping An Elderly Loved One Connected

 

Once you have decided to introduce your loved one to technology and video calling you need to choose a platform that best suits their needs and capabilities.

In addition to this it is also important to make sure that they can use the platform that you have chosen for them on their own but at the same time have access to assistance if they are experiencing any problems.

Training: Showing Our Elderly How To Use Technology

 

Teaching your loved one to embrace technology can be quite a challenge. This is why it is important to choose an easy-to-use platform so that they can learn how to use the application without battling.

How Do You Do This?

-      Make use of a video calling platform that is designed specifically for people in care homes.

-      Practice patience and understanding when showing them how to use the platform.

-      Explain to them how theplatform is going to enhance their lives.

-      Be prepared to show them a few times over before they can navigate it on their own.

 

Keeping The Elderly Safe When Using Technology

 

While technology can significantly enhance the lives of your elderly loved ones, it is very necessary to make them aware of any possible threats that can come their way in the virtual world.

Advise them to be aware of hacking and notto give out any private and personal information to people that they do not know. Hackers and fraudsters thrive on elderly people who are vulnerable and do not understand what crimes can be committed while using the internet.

Making Sure It is Affordable?

 

Affordability can be one of the biggest barriers when it comes to the elderly having access to technology. Most of these people are no longer working and rely on pensions or their families to take care of them.

Care2Talk Offers Flexible Pricing Tailored for your Needs

$15 per month or $135 per year.(25% savings)

*canceled at any time.

Our tablets come at a cost of $199per tablet. This is a one-time fee. After this, the care home owns the tablets which are reusable and can be passed on to other senior citizens.

Care2Talk is a one-touch solution when connecting to loved ones.

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