The coronavirus age has forced many families to rely on video chatting as a substitute for in-person visits. But if Mom or Dad aren’t savvy to today’s technology, how can you include them in video calls?
Sadly, the pandemic has pushed many seniors into profound isolation, making it more essential than ever to support loved ones and find new ways to stay in touch.
For older seniors lacking technical support, feature-rich Apple and Android tablets are often too confusing. If your loved one needs a simplified solution, here are three tablets to consider with senior-friendly video conferencing features.
1. The GrandPad
Offered by Consumer Cellular, the GrandPad supports video chats within a closed network of trusted friends and family members. In addition to connecting families, the GrandPad also includes apps for email, weather, music, games, photos, and more.
One family member acts as the account administrator, ensuring the user has a safe and secure experience. In addition to approving contacts, the administrator can receive alerts and monitor users’ activity. The admin can also remotely customize apps displayed on the device to reduce clutter and confusion.
Operating the GrandPad requires a monthly cellular subscription. To connect with the device, family members download an Android or iOS-compatible app.
2. Claris Companion
The Claris Companion offers many similar features to the GrandPad, but with more tablet choices. In addition to WiFi and 4G models, you also can purchase your own Android tablet and install the Claris app.
There are no contracts, but you must pay a monthly fee that supports administrator tools, an ad-free environment, a no-spam email guarantee, and total privacy (no personal information is shared).
3. Designed for SENIORS Tablet
Verizon also offers a senior-friendly tablet that supports video chats plus messaging, games, weather, photos, news, websites, and more.
The Designed for SENIORS Tablet comes in two sizes (8-inch and 10.5-inch). Select from two connection options—WiFi or cellular service.
Already own a tablet?
If you or your loved own an Apple or Android tablet that collects dust, consider converting it into a simplified senior-friendly tablet with the Oscar Senior app.
Oscar Senior will change a tablet’s appearance and performance, making it easier to access features like video calls, news, weather, and reminders.
In addition to simplifying video chats, Oscar Senior is designed to provide remote healthcare support.
As an admin with remote access, you’ll also be able to help a parent navigate their device.