Jubilee Community Care has been liaising with Telstra on a potential project called Breezie. This project helps seniors stay in touch with loved ones and gives them access to information and entertainment using a tablet computer that has been designed for older users. Breezie is already working well in the UK and USA.
Benefits of Breezie
Breezie enables seniors to engage in activities they like and to stay close to the people and things that matter most to them. Breezie’s customised set-up means each device can be personalised to suit the individual’s context, digital literacy, physical conditions and cognitive abilities.
Family members and the senior themselves can update and customise the experience from any computer, smartphone, or tablet. Breezie is designed for seniors with little or no computer experience, allowing them to browse the web, send emails, video chat and more. In fact, the software has had success across users aged 63-104 years, many who are first-time computer users.
Breezie has a well-established senior friendly support team that answers questions from users and occasionally calls them to ask if they need help or support.
Mental engagement is one of the keys to ageing well. Breezie helps seniors to lead happier, healthier lives by providing applications, content, and services for ongoing mental engagement. These can help reduce depression and anxiety.
Games provide recreational fun and ensure seniors exercise their brain – such as Mah-jong assisting memory and matching. This engagement can increase mental wellbeing, self-esteem, and socialisation by encouraging seniors to challenge their family or friends to the games.
Reconnecting with Loved Ones
Keeping socially engaged is just as important to healthy ageing. Breezie introduces seniors to the benefits of online social interaction with applications like Facebook, Skype, and email, helping to supplement human interaction. Providing these touchpoints, and keeping seniors connected to their family and caregivers, keeps them mentally engaged and active.
There is a cost of $100 per month which provides for Breezie to be set up individually for you, familiarisation in using the tablet, 6GB of data and access to a support team with any questions and queries that you may have from time to time.
Payment can be added to your monthly invoice from Jubilee. For Home Care Package clients, the cost can be part of how you spend your budget as part of your services.
Please phone Jubilee Community Care on 3871 3220 for more information.