December 8, 2020
This social and emotional support is vital to maintaining their health and well-being and the lack of connection to their families can take a huge toll on many of these senior citizens. Services such as Skype and other video calling applications have proved to sometimes be somewhat confusing for many senior citizens to navigate their way around. Care2talk thus resulted from this need to keep the aging population connected to loved ones.
COVID-19 And Care Facilities
Older people who reside in long term care facilities have had to endure a new level of isolation and loneliness due to their vulnerability for severe illness or death from COVID-19.
Long-term care facilities have had to issue strict visitation guidelines amidst the pandemic and have restricted most visits between residents and family members in order to contain potential transmission of the virus.
The consequences of these measures have had devastating effects on many of the elderly who under normal circumstances would rely on family visits for social and emotional support.
This social and emotional support is vital to maintaining their health and well-being and the lack of connection to their families can take a huge toll on many of these senior citizens.
Services such as Skype and other video calling applications have proved to sometimes be somewhat confusing for many senior citizens to navigate their way around. Care2talk thus resulted from this need to keep the aging population connected to loved ones.
The Health Effects of Social Isolation for The Elderly
“It cuts one sadly to see the grief of old people; they've no way o' working it off; and the new spring brings no new shoots out on the withered tree.” - George Eliot
Research has on many occasions linked social isolation and loneliness with higher risk for a variety of physical and mental conditions.
These conditions can be, but are not limited to:
Sadly, elderly people who reside in care-homes have found themselves in the realm of sudden and unexpected separation from friends and family and are therefore at particular risk of developing these conditions.
When the elderly are engaged in meaningful and productive activities, they tend to develop a sense of purpose and a mood boost that can help them to maintain their cognitive function.
On the flip side studies have shown that a lack of these activities coupled with loneliness may also alter the tendency of cells in the immune system to promote inflammation which is necessary to help the human body heal from injury.
Care2Talk aims to restore the connectivity that has been lost between seniors and loved ones so as to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression in seniors living in care facilities.
The Benefits of Communication for The Elderly
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” - George Bernard Shaw
Care2Talk has the ability to successfully integrate with care homes directly by using their internal systems. This allows for integration of family and friends outside the care home, friends within the care home, and connection to administration sectors of the care home such as front-end admin staff, in-house doctors, care aide and the kitchen.
How Caregivers and Family Members Can Help
During the pandemic millions of families have found clever ways in which to communicate with their loved ones even though they remain physically apart. These communication methods can include phone calls, emails and video chats.
Family and friends are one of the most important sources of emotional and psychological support for an elderly patient. This highlights the reliance of long-term care facilities on family support and communication during Covid-19. It has also been found that proper communication with family members can assist the elderly to cope with the stress and anxiety that they are experiencing during the pandemic.
The health and well-being of the elderly residing in long-term care facilities remains a top priority for families who have a loved one living in a care home. Connectivity and communication between those residing in care facilities and their families is extremely necessary and can dramatically improve mental and emotional health in the elderly.
How Care2Talk Can Assist
Care2Talk is an iOS/Android App which uses a specially designed interface on a mobile or tablet device to create an easy-to-use video chat tool for those with cognitive decline, or other impairments, which may make alternatives difficult to navigate.
This includes individuals with conditions associated with:
• Aging & Dementia
• Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities
• Brain Injuries
• Vision Impairment
• Physical Disabilities
Visit: https://care2talk.io/ to learn more.
Our goal is to ease the communication hurdles between seniors and their family and friends.
“Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.” - Pearl S. Buck
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