Videocare, Inc., has announced the launch of its innovative, cloud-based communication system to support seniors and their caregivers. VideoCare is a simple, touch-screen technology that connects seniors with their caregivers, families, and other loved ones – wherever they are, and without the need for a keyboard, mouse or any technical skill. VideoCare’sremote care service can mean continued independence for the millions of seniors who live alone, and peace of mind for their family members and caregivers. It also gives seniors the ability to maintain their social connections, and adds an extra measure of safety for seniors who may be on their own.
Designed especially for tech-adverse seniors, VideoCare offers a new solution and answers the question: How do you deliver technology-based services to people who don’t use technology? Statistics indicate that a significant segment of Americans over age 75 are not comfortable with or interested in current, everyday technology devices such as smart phones and computers. Nearly 72 percent of this age group – 17.7 million people – do not use these devices.
Tech-shy seniors will find VideoCare easy to use. With a single touch, a two-way video connection is made with a family member, professional caregiver or friend. The caregiver or family member can even show pictures, videos, or web content to the care recipient while having a face-to-face call. Remote family can also share photos or videos instantly from a smartphone, helping the senior feel more connected and involved.
“VideoCare has dramatically improved my father’s quality of life,” said VideoCare customer Geno Orphanopoulos of Pleasanton, CA. “Having daily, face-to-face calls with our family has made him happier and more engaged. He absolutely loves the system!”
For day-to-day healthcare concerns, automated reminders can be set on VideoCare to keep seniors on a medication schedule or remind them about activities of daily living. If he/she does not respond to a reminder, the caregiver can be automatically notified. VideoCare can also be connected to wireless medical devices such as blood pressure units. This allows the system to help regularly track and monitor the health condition of the recipient and allow remote caregivers to assist the senior more effectively.
With its use of cloud-based technology, all management of the VideoCare system is handled remotely by caregivers through a secure web portal. Different caregivers can be given different permissions to access the system. For example, a nurse might have access to set the medication schedule, while the family can choose photos and videos to share. Care-delivery businesses can track the calls made by their staff, ensuring that quality of service goals are met.
With our society’s rapid increase in the senior population, many families are turning to home care companies to provide support for their aging parents. This in-person care can be augmented by remote care. With VideoCare,professional caregivers can support a senior at a fraction of the cost of an in-person visit, enabling more flexibility for families. VideoCare is provided through a variety of home care and home health care companies. It is also available through geriatric care managers, concierge doctors, and eldercare facilities to enhance the lives of seniors.
“VideoCare is the perfect complement to our in-person home care services,” said Greg Hartwell, CEO of Homecare California. “Our care recipients are happier because they are better connected with their families and care providers. VideoCare also allows us to offer an innovative alternative to families who are not quite ready for in-home care.”