The time after the festivities of the holidays can be a lonely time for seniors. This year is even more so with the extra precautions seniors are taking, along with their families and senior living facilities in order to protect them against the COVID-19 virus. Thanks to modern technology however, there are many video conferencing tools to help keep in touch that feel even more personal than a phone call. Some are custom designed for even the most technology challenged senior.
Google Duo is a video and audio calling app made by Google. It requires the installation of an app, but once you allow it access to your phone’s contacts, it will let you know if any of them have Google Duo. You can then make a video or regular call to any contact that has Google Duo by selecting them in the address book and tapping the video button.
Google Hangouts is a communication service that enables text, voice, or video chats, either one-on-one or in a group. It works best from a computer as you can make free internet calls and video calls by opening the app and typing in the phone number or gmail address you want to reach.
Facebook Messenger is an instant messaging feature built into Facebook. The app has a built in video call option as well and it is easily accessible in the conversation window of anyone you’ve messaged.
FaceTime is Apple’s video and audio calling service. It is easy to use if all parties have apple products.
KOMP is a one-button computer, made specifically for those who have little to no experience using smartphones, computers and tablets.
GrandPad® is designed with seniors in mind – the innovative device comes with features for connecting with loved ones, without the complicated features of other tablets.
The Amazon Echo comes in five base models currently: Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Show and Echo Spot. All come with Alexa, a voice-activated technology innovation that has amazing potential for helping seniors with dementia.
The app allows families to stay connected via video calls, instant messages and photo sharing. It can be downloaded onto a phone or tablet to make the item more user friendly for seniors. It does not require any specific hardware, but does have a subscription fee.
One of the great things about living in an independent living facility is that there is always someone here to help! If you need help getting any of these video conferencing tools set up in order to stay in touch with your family our staff is happy to help. We want you to live your healthiest life and that includes staying connected.
*Paid options for seniors