May 2, 2022
As our elderly loved ones age, they often need a little more help to ward off social isolation and keep on top of their growing health needs. Many families opt to bring on home care providers to alleviate these issues, which are commonly associated with ‘aging in place’ –staying in their independent home as opposed to moving into a retirement village or assisted living facility.
For many seniors, home care is an indispensable service. Nurses and care assistants can help with household chores, give health advice, and provide an important source of social interaction, but not all elderly people need such a high level of care. Some simply need a way to stave off social isolation and keep an eye on their health – especially those who want to live independently for as long as possible.
Spritely is a multi-award-winning tech product, developed in New Zealand, that is designed to connect elderly people with their families anywhere in the world from Paris to Paraparaumu.
While Spritely cannot fold washing or do the vacuuming, it does help hundreds of Kiwis around the country reduce social isolation, connect with their families, and keep an eye on their own health - all at a fraction of the cost of traditional home care.
Spritely customers receive a premium touchscreen tablet loaded with Spritely’s special software, which has been designed to be simple to use for elderly people without technology experience, and with vision and hearing difficulties. The tablet, which can be connected with a free companion app downloaded by family members, enables simple, one-touch video calling to alleviate social isolation, games and puzzles to keep the mind sharp, and a health vitals module where customers can track their blood pressure, weight, temperature, oxygen saturation and more using wireless, battery-operated health devices.
Spritely allows for an intermediate level of care and assistance supported by family – a simple alternative to home care for families that want to be closely connected to their loved ones. It can be particularly helpful for families who live far apart, and for seniors managing chronic health conditions like COPD, hypertension and more.
Spritely is used by some of New Zealand’s most trusted healthcare providers – like St John and Nurse Maude - to manage the health of patients remotely. Its simple software can be used by anyone, and regular updates ensure you’re always up to date with the latest features and improvements.