Connected For Life
Chapel Hill-based Family Health Network has a Connected for Life online program to help families stay in touch, monitor and assist older family members. The subscription program ($39.95 per month for a family) also allows families to be connected to their healthcare providers. A test with residents of Fearrington Village in Pittsboro and with the Well Spring Retirement Community in Greensboro found that seniors using the technology enjoyed easy access to their care circle, their church, their community and the world. Connected for Life is designed so older people with little or no computer experience can use it. Besides Internet access, users can participate in e-mail communication and engage in video visits with loved ones and healthcare professionals. Family members and health care professionals can remotely monitor, record and track a senior’s health status and medications on a daily basis. Computer equipment is available as well.