If you have a family member living in a senior care facility and cannot visit, don’t despair! From old school to high-tech, there are alternatives to help keep you and your loved one connected until you can see them again.
Many people have a have a love/hate relationship with technology but it’s a great choice for virtual visits. A virtual visit (aka video call) on a computer, tablet or mobile phone allows you to see and hear your loved one. Common applications for virtual visits include FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom.
FaceTime is available to Apple users via an iPhone, iPad or Apple brand computer. FaceTime is easy to use – open the contact of the person you’d like to chat with and click the FaceTime button.
Skype is a good option for anyone and can be used on mobile devices and computers. Skype offers a free version that you can download from the app store on any device. Skype can be used for traditional phone calls, messaging and video calls.
Zoom is a video meeting platform and offers a free version. Since multiple people can connect at the same time, this is a great option if you’ve got several friends and family members who want to participate in a virtual visit together. You can download the Zoom app on your computer, tablet or mobile phone.
Write a Letter
Consider writing and mailing a letter! Many older adults enjoy receiving and reading mail. What better way to show you care than with a handwritten note. Greeting cards, postcards and traditional letters are all great ways to communicate.
Long-Distance Communication Gadgets (LDCG)
Technology has become a gadget creator’s best friend! Most LDCG gadgets connect via Wi-Fi and enable two or more people to communicate. Some include voice options while others vibrate or simply light up. One example are friendship lamps. The way they work together is simple. Using Wi-Fi, moving your hand above the lamp to make it glow makes the other half of the pair glow - regardless of how many miles apart. Other offerings include long-distance touch bracelets, watches, rings and more!
While nothing can replace visiting in person, try these fun and easy ways to stay in touch and show how much you care!