During this time of self isolation technology enables us to keep up to date with our friends, family and current affairs.
By setting your loved one up with a device that will enable you to communicate with them when you’re unable to visit will help you to keep up to date on how they are and what they have been doing.
Think about your loved ones when changing their default settings. Personalise their desktop with larger font to aid reading, increase the contrast of the screen for better viewing. Change the settings to help with navigation of the device in correspondence to your loved one as they may not discover these advanced options themselves.
Set up video chat
These days every computer, laptop, tablet and phone has a built in microphone and webcam. These additions will enable a more personal conversation with your loved one than just a phone call. Set up a video chat for your loved one; Skype is popular however depending on preference there are many more video chat applications you can use. You can also use Zoom, Facebook live and FaceTime.
Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to have a video conversation, this is when an email can be easier, and it can be replied to at a convenient time. Set up an email address for your loved ones with a memorable password so they can access it with ease. Also, choose an email account provider suitable for them with minimal advanced settings.
Some of your loved one’s main joys are their cherished memories. Set them up with a simple to use photo sharing platform which will allow them to view, ‘favourite’ images as well as share their photos. You can also use Picasa to make collages and experiment with personalised photo gifts. Helping your loved one embrace technology can enhance the amount of communication you are able to have with them. If you are not able to visit them at least you can still connect digitally.