Carinity’s technology helping Bundaberg’s elderly
A Great-Grandmother is the first person in the Bundaberg region to own new technology from Carinity specially designed for older Queenslanders.
Mobi is a personalised digital tablet device that cuts through the complexities of technology with a simplified, user friendly format to help seniors to live independently while staying connected to family, friends and the community.
Janice Boon had never used a tablet before getting her Mobi device. The 77-year-old has been using her Mobi to message friends and family, look up knitting patterns, use Facebook, play games and make Skype video calls.
“Last week I rang my daughter in Brisbane and the next thing I knew I was talking to her face to face. It was lovely because I don’t see my daughter too much because she works,” Janice says.
“To talk to her face to face instead of just typing in a message was marvellous. My grandson is 10 and he thinks it’s marvellous that he can see me and talk to me face to face.”
Janice says technology is “not that scary when you know what you’re doing”.
“I like to get on to Google, they seem to know everything. I do a lot of knitting and crocheting so I look up patterns. I even found a golf game my husband likes to play. I’m learning how to take photos and send them,” Janice says.
Mobi powered by Breezie is available through Carinity Home Care, which helps Janice and her husband with domestic assistance to enable them to keep living in their home.
Carinity Home Care’s range of services include nursing, personal grooming, household chores, shopping and helping seniors to get out and about.
“One lady comes to do housework to take a bit of the load off my husband. I have different Carinity Home Care girls come and shower me and if my husband has to go away for a little while they will send someone to be with me. We might go for a walk in the wheelchair up to the shops and have a cup of coffee,” Janice says.
Carinity Home Care Bundaberg Coordinator Sandy Cain says using the Mobi device can lead to better health and wellbeing outcomes for seniors.
“Using the simple Mobi service can help them to maintain mental fitness via apps, games and music therapy. They can also do video calls to family, friends and their Carinity Lifestyle Coordinator, organise transport, meals, groceries and care visits, and access telehealth services,” Sandy says.
“The personalised digital hub is accessed on a 64GB Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet device. Via endless internet through Telstra’s 4G wireless network with unlimited data, Mobi users can watch movies and television, listen to music, read e-books and get the latest news and weather.”
For more information on the Mobi device phone Carinity Home Care on 1300 109 109 or visit CarinityHomeCare.org.au.