Studies1 show that lack of FACE-TO-FACE contact, with family & friends, at LEAST 3 times per week, DOUBLES the risk of depression.
Seeing neighbours or staff is not the same as seeing loved ones and made no measurable difference in the studies.
Videophone enables the person you care about to talk face-to-face with their loved ones.
Teo et al “Does Mode of Contact with Different Types of Social Relationships Predict Depression in Older Adults?” J Am Geriatrics Soc 2015
Telephoning, texting or sending email are not the same as face-to-face contact, and made no measurable difference in the studies.
Although you visit more often than average, the research showed that 3 times per week is a minimum to obtain the measurable benefits. Videophone will enable you to increase face-to-face contact, no matter where you are.
Congratulations! You are a dedicated care-giver. Videophone would allow the person you care about to also see other loved ones more often.
Graham fell, in his Aged Care Home room (true story). He couldn't get up.
His interstate son called his Videophone. After 60 seconds, it auto-answered, with 2-way video and sound. Graham was relieved to see his son! Thanks to Videophone, help was only minutes away.
Our customer Norman is fiercely independent and lives alone (true story). Now that he's over 80, his children worry. Norman won't wear an emergency pendant, and when he doesn't answer his telephone, his children worry.
Now when Norman's trusted adult children call, his Videophone automatically answers after 60 seconds and they check he's OK.
Olga is 90 and lives alone (true story). She falls asleep in her favourite chair for hours, misses her medication, and then has trouble sleeping through the night. Her sons worried like crazy whenever she doesn't pick up the telephone.
Videophone allows only trusted care-givers, that you nominate, to check-in.
Research links social isolation or loneliness with poor sleep1, dementia2, depression3, heart disease4 and morbidity5.
With Videophone, you can do something positive to reduce loneliness!
Kurina et al “Loneliness Is Associated with Sleep Fragmentation...” SLEEP 2011Holwerda et al “Feelings of loneliness... predict dementia onset” J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2014Mead et al “Effects of befriending on depressive symptoms” Br J Psychiatry 2010Hawkley et al “Loneliness Matters” An Behavioral Medicine 2010Steptoe et al “Social isolation, loneliness, and all-cause mortality in older men and women” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2013
Sons/daughters of our Videophone customers tell us emphatically that they're happier. Studies associate happiness with better health outcomes. For example, optimism protects older adults against stroke1. Smiling is also linked to improved health2; it's catchy, and when you smile, it can actually make you feel better.
With Videophone, you can share a smile easily, whenever you like.
Kim et al “Dispositional optimism protects older adults from stroke” StrokeAHA 2011Abel et al “Smile Intensity... Predicts Longevity” J Psych Sci 2010
As a health risk, social isolation is comparable to cigarette smoking! A 2013 study1 shows that social relationships encourage adequate sleep, diet, exercise and medication compliance.
With Videophone, now everybody can connect with friends and relatives of all ages.
Hemingway et al “Reducing social isolation and promoting well being in older people” Quality in Ageing and Older Adults 2013
Peg never wanted a mobile or iPad. She was scared of the technology and was worried that she was going to break it or be unable to use it (true story).
The incredibly simple Videophone helps put the person you care about back in charge of their life, promoting self-confidence. Videophone is a dedicated appliance. There's no keyboard or mouse. No logins or passwords. No pop-ups or ads. No icons, menus or dialog boxes.
Robert's mobile phone is now just a paperweight (true story). He finds it frustrating because it's both too fiddly to charge and to use.
Videophone solves these and other problems. In fact, it's easier to use than a regular telephone.
With Videophone, you won't be called for help.
Konnekt can remotely change a call button, the volume or any other feature -- without the need to visit!
Graham has poor hearing. Often when picking up his device, he'd accidentally hold the volume-down button. Voices sounded tinny and he had trouble hearing it ring (true story).
Videophone can be set incredibly loud. It enables the use of lip reading, sign language, and a hearing-aid amplifier/loop. You can also type text to the user while talking so they don't miss a word!
Videophone has a 15-inch screen. That's more than double the screen area of most iPads/tablets. Buttons can be up to 15cm (6in) wide, text is large and, for those with vision problems, Videophone comes with a choice of high-contrast colour schemes.
June wears gloves all the time because she has very sensitive hands. She can't use 99% of touchscreens (true story).
Videophone has a resistive touchscreen. It can be operated using a gloved or bandaged hand, a prosthetic, or any pointing device whatsoever. Buttons are huge and easy to hit, making Videophone ideal for those with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, shaky hands or poor hand-eye coordination.
Joanna often mixed up the names of her family. This upset her greatly.
Videophone reinforces the connection between names, voices and faces. These cues help the person you care about retain the memories of their loved ones.
Gran won't be getting on a plane again, any time soon.
Videophone lets the person you care about see overseas family, face-to-face, from the comfort of their own home.
Tim and his family moved interstate with work. It's too expensive for the four of them to visit their Dad as often as they'd like (true story).
Videophone is better than a regular telephone call because you can see each other face-to-face and there are no interstate call charges.
We all have busy lives. Home commitments, work, our own families & friends and health problems. We can't visit as much as we'd like.
Videophone bridges the gap. Call the Videophone face-to-face from your mobile/tablet at work, during shopping or even on the train.
Videophone lets the person you care about see distant family and friends as often as he/she wants, for as long as he/she likes, at any time... without the need for travel.
Videophone includes unlimited calls to regular phones locally, interstate and your choice of overseas countries.
Call as often as you like, as long as you want, at any time.
Videophone calls to and from mobiles worldwide incur no call costs.
Many of our customers' phone bills have reduced to just a minimum monthly amount from as much as $80.
Videophone is much easier to use than a regular telephone.
Our elderly customers are surprised and delighted to see friends with the touch of one huge button.
You are the best judge! Hopefully, this little quiz has helped you decide whether to find out more.