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How to Cost-Effectively Minimize Social Isolation in Your Senior Living Community

It probably comes as little surprise that a primary concern of administrators at senior living communities is senior social isolation. As aging residents lose loved ones over the years, including their beloved spouses, it makes sense that they might feel less of a buffer between themselves and looming loneliness and isolation.

You have probably tried adding activities and other creative ways of engaging your seniors to stave off this terrible feeling that can cause so many problems. Most facility administrators try using broad-stroke ideas, such as promoting a sense of purpose or bringing in pets upon which seniors can focus attention, resulting in varying degrees of success. Sometimes it is a matter of engaging seniors on a deeply emotional level, which can prove difficult for you and your staff. Since your residents’ families sometimes live far away, it is challenging to stay in consistent contact with them. These issues, left unchecked, can lead to potential feelings of isolation for your residents.

If you are trying to find ways to cost-effectively reduce social isolation in your senior living center, you will find that there are some highly appealing creative solutions available to help you provide a more upbeat atmosphere that helps lessen your residents’ feelings of isolation.

IndependaTVe™’s Angela Can Help You Fill Your Residents’ Lives With Joy and Avoid Isolation

Bring in user-friendly technology to help avoid social isolation in your facility. IndependaTV e™ offers you and your facility’s staff a simple and easy-to-use backup system to help your residents live full and happy lives during their time at your senior resident community. The company’s revolutionary smart TV, Angela, can help your residents stay in touch with beloved family members, no matter how far away they live. Grandchildren can easily send photographs and engage in daily chats as if they are in the same room. Your residents can control Angela via a simple-to-operate remote control.

When your residents can stay in close contact with their beloved family members, you get the extra help you need to keep them happy and ready to face the day with their community neighbors. Try as you might, you can’t always manage this on your own, because residents sometimes need familiar loved ones backing you up.

Angela will help remind your residents of any daily medications they need to take, as well as any appointments they need to go to while watching their favorite television programs. As residents learn to use this simple and user-friendly smart TV, they feel a sense of purpose and autonomy. With Angela, you offer your residents a newfound sense of connection to the world and their loved ones, along with independence and hope.


About Independa

Independa believes that the elderly are vitally important to family members, their community, and our culture as a whole. That’s why we created IndependaTV™ and IndependaTVe™, the world’s first and only TV with an embedded engagement platform designed for older adults.

IndependaTV™ enables stronger connections between caregivers and their elderly loved ones with a beautifully designed and user ­friendly TV that allows you to monitor their health and well being, coordinates appointments and events, and engages them with their families through video chat when you can’t be there.

IndependaTVe™ enables senior living communities and their staff to generate a higher occupancy ramp, reduce staff inefficiencies, and improve the quality of life and engagement for their residents.

IndependaTVePlus™ is integrated with a wide range of medical, environmental and activity monitoring devices allowing clinical staff to respond when something isn’t quite right.

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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.