Family communication used to look very different before technology made it easier to keep in touch. It used to be that a letter around the holidays and a few check-ins through the year would be a perfectly normal amount of communication between a family and their elderly loved ones. When phones became more mainstream, calls from grandma and grandpa became a cherished part of every holiday celebration, and checking in with mom became a more regular occurrence. However, with the advent of modern technology, communication has become even easier and far more personal than a call during the holidays.
Most major tech companies, including Apple, Facebook and Google, all have their own video chat devices that make connecting with family easier than ever. With the press of a button, you can quickly evaporate any concept of distance and be looking eye to eye with your loved ones. Seeing a grandchild’s first steps live on a video feed is one of the most incredible feelings in the world.
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Video Technology for Seniors
Video technology is not only a fun and personal way to check in with loved ones, it is also bringing a new dynamic to home health care. Video technology makes it possible to regularly monitor your loved ones and their physical and emotional state, and get up-to-date reports from their in-home caregiver at any time right over video chat without missing a beat.
The best part of all is that home video devices are incredibly affordable. Major brands like Google have devices ranging from $40 to $200 for their top-of-the-line technology. Prices look the same all over the industry, and have only trended down in recent years. Companies are so motivated to introduce this technology that holiday sales often reach up to 80% off, so the holidays are a great time to get started in setting up a smart home for your loved ones.
Technology can be a little bit difficult to grasp for seniors, but video chat couldn’t be simpler. All they have to do is press the button to dial and select an image, and the call is connected. Receiving calls looks nearly identical to receiving a call on a cell phone, so as long as they know the basics of handling a cell phone, they already know everything that needs to be known to use a home video chat device.
If you or a loved one would like help figuring out communications, or you are interested in a consultation to see which in-home care services would be right for your loved one, we can help. We refer qualified and compassionate care providers who can help with many different services to help prepare your loved one for the future and keep them home, including Senior Care Services in Jacksonville, FL. For more information about our services and coverage area, contact us to speak with a Client Care Liaison.