One of the most enjoyable aspects of the holidays is the opportunity to spend time with family and friends even it that means connecting through video calling!
As the next best thing to visiting in person, video calling is a way to connect with the people you care about on a more personal level.
Visiting someone in person isn’t always possible when you are a caregiver. This is especially true if you are caring for someone with mobility issues, extensive care needs, or you are located too far from friends and family to easily travel.
Using video calling services is a great way to not only stay connected with family and friends who you are unable to visit with in person but also with the person in your care.
As the next best thing to visiting in person, video calling is a way to connect with the people you care about on a more personal level. The benefit of using video calling services to connect with family and friends is the ability to actually see the person you are speaking with. Seeing a familiar face can be reassuring for many people.
Video calling can be interpreted as more personal than a phone call because seeing a person’s facial expressions plays a significant role in our communication.
Video calling is also a good way for a long-distance caregiver to assess the condition of the person in their care. With a caregiver video call you are able to see if the person in your care looks happy and if their home looks clean, or if they’ve lost weight and look disheveled.
Video calling apps
There are a number of video calling apps out there that are free online, easy to use, and offer a quality video feed. Each video calling service has pros and cons so you may need to try out a few until you find the one that works best for you.
Some popular video calling apps caregivers can use to stay connected include:
Video calling apps can be used on devices such as smart phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers as long as you have a camera connected to the device and an Internet connection.
Typically, to use video calling services you need to create an account and invite contacts. Anyone you want to call will also require an account to participate. Once you’re set up with a video calling app, all you need to do is sign-in, select the name of the contact (who is also online) that you wish to call, and click on the video call button.
Most video calling programs will allow you to turn the camera on or off, include an instant message option, or even leave a message for someone currently offline.
Technology and online communication tools are extremely common now. Being able to communicate in multiple ways eliminates barriers, especially for the person in your care, and can reduce the feelings of isolation that may be experienced otherwise.
See our Elizz article on easy e-mail & Facebook guide for the elderly for tips on getting seniors online and connecting with their friends and family.
Some seniors may feel that learning new technology is an overwhelming experience; others will want to embrace the challenge to gain the reward of increased connection.
In either case, it’s important to simplify explanations and instructions as much as possible. Be patient, and try to keep an upbeat attitude to make the learning experience more enjoyable.