Easy Steps To Making Seniors Comfortable With Video Calling
The pandemic is forcing people to stay away from their family members. With never-ending travel restrictions, it is important to stay in touch with elderly family members. Though technologies are here to help, they come with their own challenges in terms of usage. Here are a few things that can help elders understand technology more simply. The easiest of them all is to purchase a smart display that will help in making video calls, watching videos, helping with food recipes, and more. They will also act as an alarm clock or a constantly changing digital album. From the Google Nest Hub Max and Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd gen) to the JBL Link View and Lenovo Smart Clock, several products can help your elderly parents connect effortlessly with you.
The next option would be to set up a Google Duo for video calling. Google Duo can be easily linked to a phone number and is available on most smartphones as an app. Firstly, create a new Google account for your elderly parents, which they will only use for the smart devices in their home. Doing so will drastically improve connectivity between all such devices and make it much easier to manage them remotely. Secondly, get a new phone number for this Google account. This will be useful when you want to connect through Google Duo for video calls with your parents.
If answering calls can be troublesome for them, you can program a routine in the Google Home application (the one connected to the smart display). This way, your parents will be able to call you regularly on your personal Google Duo account or phone number and answer the phone hassle-free. You can also choose to connect through the Camera feature on the Google Home app. Just click on it to access the camera on the smart display at your parents’ home and interact using the live feed. Set up the smart display near a socket for ease of access while ensuring it is not hidden from the Wi-Fi router either.
Placing the device around your router is guaranteed to avoid any connectivity issues you’d have faced had you set it up elsewhere.
Once installed, you can easily connect with your elderly parents, and they will not have to deal with learning about the tech!
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