Seniors and Technology
Integrating technology with in-home care for seniors
At Comfort Keepers®, we believe in using forward-thinking technology solutions to improve transparency of care, reduce social isolation, and improve engagement. Our caregivers are trained to utilize a variety of technologies to foster connection and purpose for seniors and their loved ones.
Our online family portal provides peace of mind
Staying connected and keeping each other informed is crucial to seniors and their families, especially when family members can’t be with their loved ones as frequently as they would like. In fact, keeping in close contact with family members is one of the greatest sources of joy for many seniors. Comfort Keepers’ free, online family portal provides families with the peace of mind they need while their loved one is in our care. Our online portal enables caregivers to share updates regarding your loved one’s daily activities, care plans, and potential areas of concern. Family members can also easily ask questions and add requests within the portal.
Getting Seniors Ready for Switching from 3G to 5G
The switch from the 3G to 5G wireless network will enable more reliable connections, better coverage and higher call quality, but it may require some seniors to upgrade their cellphones to this newer technology. At Comfort Keepers, we know keeping in close contact with loved ones can lift the spirits of seniors and improve their physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. That’s why we are sharing how to prepare for the 3G network shutdown to make sure there are no interruptions in the ways they stay connected to family and friends. Read our Info Center Article The 3G Network Is Going Away: What That Means for Seniors & Caregivers or download our How to Prepare for the 3G Shutdown guide to learn more.
Using technology to foster connection and increase engagement
In today’s world, email, social networks, and phone calls serve to keep many of us connected to each other and the world. Using these technologies to feel close together can be as effective as in-person visits – especially when being together in the same room isn’t possible.
For seniors, finding ways to maintain connections to family and friends is critical for mental and emotional wellbeing. And there isn’t any doubt that being connected to the world is beneficial for seniors. Social isolation has negative effects, including diminished cognition and depression. Comfort Keepers caregivers implement modern solutions to help reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation for seniors. This can include:
- Regularly scheduled phone and video calls
- Sharing of family photos and event recordings
- Games and activities that help cognition and memory
- Facilitating online activity, including access to music, dance, photography, and hobbies
As part of the individualized care plan created for each client, families and friends can define their goals in a way that is secure, attainable and provides increased quality of life.