In the United States, 27% of adults over 60 live alone. This percentage is higher than in any other nation. Humans need socialization. We survive and thrive through social connections. But unfortunately, many seniors are alone more often as they age, leaving them vulnerable to social isolation, loneliness, and health problems like cognitive decline, stroke, and heart disease.
Video chatting is a great way to connect with seniors when you can’t be there in person. However, depending on the age and mental status of your loved one, learning new video-calling technologies may be challenging at best. By using drop-in calling, you can video call your loved ones any time without having to teach (and re-teach) a new technology.
Powered by Alexa and can be set up for drop-in calling with voice activation. Getting the person you want to call set up remotely can be tricky, but once that’s done, the rest is easy. For help getting them going, you can ask their caregivers if there is one. Also, check out these resources:
The Facebook Portal device is a Facebook product that resembles the Amazon Show. It also functions as a smart speaker with a screen. As a result, users can utilize it to make video calls to others using Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.
There is no need to use a mobile phone to set up the Portal, which is Alexa’sely easy.
Facebook Portal also includes an Alexa functionality, which means you can access not only the Facebook Messenger service but also the majority of Alexa’s skills. In addition, Facebook Portal does not have a monthly cost.
GrandPad, the first tablet designed for people over 75, “addresses usability, security, and connectivity issues” that hinder remote monitoring and telehealth in professional and personal caregiving settings. GrandPad enables video calls, sharing care-related emails and messages, and multi-party video care conferences between family members. In addition, medical providers and family members can engage remotely with older adults using the company’s secure cloud platform with built-in LTE and web apps and caregivers.
The tablet is ready to use with preloaded user preferences and contacts. For example, family members can send emails, photos, and comments to the GrandPad. It’s also preloaded with essential apps plus other features such as popular games, customized music, and of course, video chat.
ViewClix Smart Frame
This Smart Frame allows seniors to maintain a constant visual connection with their family and friends. In addition to displaying a high-definition slideshow of photographs, the ViewClix Frame is always prepared to receive a live video call from friends or family.
Check out this link to see how the frames work.
Do you use drop-in calling? How has it worked for you?