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eHealth for Seniors: How a TV can become a caregiver’s helper

Imagine that your beloved grandmother — the one who made you cookies, bandaged your skinned knees and listened to you practice trombone for hours on end — can’t attend your wedding because she is too frail to travel. You’d feel heartbroken that someone so dear to you cannot share in such an important event in your life.

Now imagine this scenario a little differently. This time, your grandmother attends your wedding from her favorite living room chair, using only her TV to transport her to the joyous event. Today, this has become reality with IndependaTV™.

Newlyweds with guest on their garden party

It’s true — the TV that your grandma or grandpa uses every day to watch their favorite shows now can let them stay socially connected to their families, friends, and caregivers. In the wedding scenario, the mother of the groom simply used her smartphone to bring her mother right to the event live. Otherwise without IndependaTV™ the groom’s grandma would not have been able to attend and would have missed a cornerstone event in her family’s history.

A social portal provides a window to the outside world

IndependaTV - TV for Seniors

IndependaTV™ is the world’s first and only TV specifically designed to provide eHealth services for caregivers and aging loved ones. Through video chat and photo sharing capabilities, IndependaTV™ allows your senior loved one to participate more freely and more frequently in the lives of their children and grandchildren.

IndependaTV™ acts as a true social portal, allowing seniors to stay independent longer in their homes and connecting them to friends and family members. Loved ones feel better knowing that their senior family member isn’t lonely and continues to feel loved and important within the family. They feel comforted by being able to see and talk with their loved ones instead of just talking to them on the phone.

Friendly interface, friendly name

The IndependaTV™ eHealth system is extremely user-friendly, and its software has a fittingly friendly name: Angela. Fun and easy to use, Angela gives an inviting personality to the system, which is specially made for seniors, with easy-to-read large fonts, high contrast, and bright colors.

Angela allows seniors to easily access social services, including video chat, sharing of photos, and messages with loved ones, and more. But IndependaTV™ and Angela go even further, serving as a true eHealth aid to caregiving with medication, appointment reminders and much more.

These days, TVs are a part of just about everyone’s life — and they’re so simple that almost everyone knows how to use them. If your senior loved one can use a TV, he or she can use IndependaTV and the Angela software for social and eHealth connections to loved ones and caregivers. Independa is giving independence and caregiving new possibilities.

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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.