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How To Choose the Right Technology for Your Senior Living Community

Although our culture maintains stereotypes of older adults as technology phobics or novices, the Pew Research Center reports that over half of senior citizens use the Internet and have cell phones. Nowhere is this technology more important than in senior living communities, allowing older adults to stay connected with family and friends to build a vibrant community atmosphere.

Connected residents with easy and regular contact beyond senior living campuses don’t run out of new things to talk about with new acquaintances. When evaluating options for your senior living community, maintaining a focus on residents’ needs and their quality of life is critical. When it comes to using technology, older adults often cite simplicity and ease of use as essential characteristics. IndependaTVe™ fulfills all of these characteristics and more, making it an excellent choice for your senior living community. It’s an old familiar friend reborn.

IndependaTV - TV for Seniors

Emphasis on Integration

Senior living communities are busy places, and the technology you choose needs to reflect this. From dining options to outings and social activities, residents will appreciate having everything in one place. IndependaTVe™ is the first and only smart TV designed specifically with seniors’ needs in mind. Its integrated platform prevents important information from being lost or missed by proactively reminding them of appointments, events, and dining options all from their in-room TVs. Plus, residents can video call with family members with a click of a button, allowing residents to stay connected to their loved ones.

A Unique Opportunity for Family Engagement

IndependaTVe™ is the perfect solution to keep residents engaged with their friends and family. Authorized users can use the Caregiver Mobile Application to view a wellness summary, schedule reminders for check ins, view the calendar of events, or receive alerts. Plus, this app provides an integrated interface for loved ones to video chat via Skype, share photos, or send messages.

Opportunities to Monitor Health

Maintaining the health of residents is of the utmost importance, and IndependaTVe™ technology can help. Medication reminders, health measures, upcoming doctor’s appointments, and other health indices are all in one place. IndependaTVe™ has the potential to significantly decrease medication mismanagement, forgotten appointments, and other factors that often impact seniors’ health.

Backwards Compatible and Future Proof

The problem with investing in technology for your senior living community is that everything seems to be out of date within a few years. Not so with IndependaTVe™. The engineers at Independa have worked tirelessly to make IndependaTVe™ backwards compatible. Additionally, as new technological capabilities emerge, they can be seamlessly integrated into the IndependaTVe™ interface, making it dynamic and future proof.

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  • Our guests use the video chat and photo and message sharing features of Independa to stay connected with their families. In fact this week we admitted a guest who has a daughter in Georgia and another in Italy. I spoke with the daughter about how to share photos and messages and to make video calls from her Independa device, and later went to see the guest about how it was going. She said to me “Kelly this video chat is so cool! I don’t care how long I have to be in here now because I can see my daughters!” It’s just amazing to see one of our guests be able to connect with a loved one all the way from Italy!

    Kelly Miles, Director of Rec Therapy
  • You don’t need to keep calling me now to remind me, my TV just told me to take my medication!

    93 Year Old Independa User
  • I love that Dad can get digital photos now. He didn’t want a Facebook account so the only time he would see any photos was when we came over to visit and we’d show him on our iPhone. Now he gets them himself on the TV all the time, and when people come to visit him he proudly shows them his photo album on the TV.

    USA Properties
  • I’ve been using video chat and it has opened up my world – my family who live close by still visit once a week, but now I get to see them every day. I also get to see the rest of the family who live interstate and can’t come to visit. I also video chat with old friends who I haven’t seen for years. It has made such a big difference to my life, I don’t feel isolated anymore. I highly recommend this to other people; it really does change your life.

    USA Properties
  • I live in California, my 80 year-old dad lives in Texas and my 21 year-old daughter lives in Colorado. My daughter spends all her time on social media using her smart phone, whereas my dad spends all his time watching TV, he doesn’t understand social media and doesn’t have a smart phone. Independa is great because not only does it bring us closer despite the geographical distance between us, it bridges the gap between the generations because it uses the technology they are most comfortable with.

    USA Properties
  • We use the video chat feature in the resident’s TV to get the entire circle of care together at once; we will have the nurse and the physical therapist in the room with the resident, and we will then video call their family. That way everyone who is involved in their care gets the same message at the same time and can ask questions while we are present so there is no confusion. One time when we were working with a deaf resident, we were able to arrange for her daughter to sign via video chat and translate what we were saying and the questions her mother had; it made such a huge difference.

    Wellbridge at Brighton
  • My dad was on the Honor Flight to DC today. An amazing trip for a veteran. I was able to meet him at the Korean War Memorial. He is a Korean War veteran. I was able to send pictures of the entire experience to my mom at home throughout the day. Mom was thrilled, and when my dad gets home he has all the pictures from his trip on his TV and can even play a slideshow. Amazing!!! Thank you!

    Kendal At Home
  • Video chat on the TV is great! I was using FaceTime on my iPad to see the grandkids and I thought that was the greatest thing, but seeing them all on the big TV is truly incredible, it’s like they are in the room with me. I love it!

    USA Properties
  • When Lillian broke her hip a week before her Grandson’s wedding, she and the family were broken hearted because they thought she would have to miss this very special day. Thankfully, she had chosen Wellbridge of Brighton for her short-term rehab. “I’m going to my Grandson’s wedding” she proudly told the staff as she received the video call through her TV and was instantly ‘seated’ in the front row for the ceremony!

    Wellbridge of Brighton
  • I travel a lot for work. I used to worry myself sick about not being able to be there if Mom needed me. She says the smartphone I got her is too small, too complicated, and hard to see, but she loves using Independa. Now she can see all her shows and we can video chat so I can make sure she’s taking her medicine. It’s such a relief to check in anytime and know she’s OK.

    Laura P.