Masonic Homes of California Selects VitalLink to Help Residents Stay in Touch with Family and Friends

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VitalLink Bridges “Other Side” of Digital Divide; Provides Easy to Use Network and Entertainment Center for Older Adults

VitalLink is pleased to announce the arrival of Masonic Homes of California as a customer. The Continuing Care Retirement Community will use the all-in-one communication and entertainment center as a way for its residents to stay in touch with family and friends, as well as enjoy daily activities such as reading the news, browsing photos, watching movies, playing games, and connecting with loved ones via video calling.

For many older adults, increasing frailty, limited mobility and the growing trend of long-distance caregiving, often by an adult child, can contribute to the experience of social isolation. Often, isolation can affect their physical health and cognitive well-being, turning an active older adult into one that is withdrawn. VitalLink is breaking the walls that make interaction between older adults and their family and friends difficult, by offering an easy to use solution that puts the ability of an active, healthy life back into their hands.

“We’re excited to offer VitalLink to our residents. Not only is it an easy to use service that will help residents achieve a greater quality of life, but also allow family members to have greater involvement in their care process,” said Dixie Reeve, Executive Director, Masonic Homes of California. “With more adult children caring for aging parents, often from long distances, the ability to see and connect with a loved one daily not only provides peace of mind for the caregiver themselves, but the older adult as well.”

The visual and auditory experience of video calling that allows older adults to see and hear other family members, such as grandchildren, not only reinforces family relationships, but can also support a healthy mental well being and stimulate mental functions in those experiencing early stages of memory loss.

“When looking at ways to provide a new network and entertainment resource for residents, finding a solution that enables active lifestyles and better emotional well being was as important as one that supports cognitive development,” said Barbara Patterson, Director of Nursing, Masonic Homes of California. “With VitalLink, we’ve found an ideal solution that can fit the needs of all our residents, while putting Masonic Homes at the forefront of a new generation in senior living where network and entertainment services are as important as the facility itself.”

Through an innovative, intuitive and user friendly internet based solution, VitalLink eliminates the complexity of both the computer and the internet, allowing even the most fearful, computer challenged older adult to enjoy the many benefits of contemporary technology. Similar to the support residents receive in assisted living facilities, such as cooking, cleaning or laundry, VitalLink assisted computing supports the senior in much the same way, in the sense their caretaker can remotely pre-determine the entertainment and network options required, without the elder person having to be involved.

Housed within one’s own computer, or a commercially available touch screen computer, with the touch of a picture on the screen, users can interact face-to-face, with family and friends, cycle through digital family photos, view videos shared by friends and family, read up to the minute local, national and global news, weather, sports and politics (in any size print imaginable), play games and even watch NetFlix movies!

“VitalLink is an ideal resource for older adults who want to maintain an active and engaged lifestyle, whether they are living independently, in assisted living or continuing care communities,” said Keith Savell, Ph.D., Chief Gerontologist at VitalLink. “Staying connected with others and being engaged in daily activities, such as reading the news, playing games, or watching movies, has a tremendous impact on psychosocial well-being as well as cognitive abilities later in life.”

Following the initial rollout, Masonic Homes of California intends to roll-out VitalLink into its other housing communities, including skilled nursing and in-home care services.

VitalLink is currently available nationwide. For more information or to download for personal use visit http://www.VitalLink.net. For more information on the institutional capabilities and/or to evaluate use of VitalLink in your facility, contact info(at)vitallink(dot)net.

About VitalLink
VitalLink is a privately-funded company dedicated to helping connect seniors to family and friends. Founded in 2010, the company launched its flagship product at the January 2011 CES. Receiving praise as a solution that provides an innovative, internet based solution to bridge the other side of the digital divide, VitalLink marries evolving video and phone technology with specially developed software that enables "face to face" social interaction at the touch of a button. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, NV. For more information about the company, visit http://www.VitalLink.com.

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