It's a pretty common scenario at present. Your elderly parent, who lives at home — or in a nice senior living facility — is under "lockdown" for the foreseeable future. You can't visit. They are not super tech-savvy and don't regularly use Facetime, or Skype, or Zoom. And you are wondering what you can do to help them interact more with you and perhaps their other friends, who they no longer see.
What are the best solutions? We are exploring them, but we wanted to start by hearing what you do if you are in this situation. Are there products you like and have used? Are there other ideas about what to do?
Please add your experiences in the comment section below.
NOTE: If you are a product developer or vendor, or someone who is being paid to promote a specific product, please say so in your comment. What we really want here are comments from real people in the situation described here.
Since this post was first created we have done quite a bit more research into this topic.
- For an overview of the options, see "Virtual Connections to the Tech-Challenged."
- If you want to know exactly how to set up an Echo Show, see "How to Set Up Alexa Calling for a Loved One".