Pared Down Tablet Brings The Touchscreen To Seniors
A tablet that engages the elderly in their own care and lets family and caregivers monitor their activity remotely.
According to the UN, there will be two billion people over age 60 worldwide by 2050. Many will not have an extended family to care for them and we are seeing how more elderly people want to adopt modern technology to improve their quality of life. Despite the huge technology gap and being branded a generation of technophobes older people are actually happy and eager to embrace new devices. The best gadget for an older person may be a tablet, because it is easier to handle than a laptop. Vancouver-based start-up Claris Healthcare created Claris Companion a device that combines the best features of a tablet computer, digital picture frame, mobile phone and passive monitoring system designed specifically for elderly people at home. This tablet, designed with a very simple, intuitive interface and enlarged features, gives seniors a way to manage their own care and communicate with their family and caregivers. Useful functions allow caregivers to receive alerts based on their activity such as medication and treatment management, wellness surveys, exercise programs, video chat, check-in status and ‘call me requests.
At the heart of the Claris Companion is a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, but it is hidden in an ergonomic bamboo case to make it easier to handle. Claris Companion is all about simplifying the user experience so that elderly people don’t have to worry about technical configuration or advertising.
Watch the video below to see how Claris Companion works: