Using Skype in Continuing Care Communities

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It’s Sunday morning and I’m wishing I could visit my mother who has Alzheimer’s and lives in a memory care “unit”. But I can’t because she lives over a thousand miles away. I could call but a real visit would be better and I’m wishing again the facility would offer Skype for just this occasion.

Our aging society with its geographically scattered family members can easily stay in touch using Skype. Continuing Care Communities/LTCs  (independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing facilities) should all embrace this technology so that families can stay connected. It would be easy to implement. Most facilities have a common room with at least one computer available with Internet access. The cost would be minimal and the benefits huge.

Skype should be as standard as a TV in Long Term Care. If you have a loved one in LTC or are employed by such, ask if they’ve considered providing Skype.

If anyone has experiences with Skype at such communities please leave your comments.

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