Technology helping Samuel to overcome barriers
His pet dog Max is Samuel Dalzell’s best friend, but a new tablet device designed specially for seniors is a close second.
The Booval pensioner is the first person in South-East Queensland to own a Mobi device available through Carinity Home Care.
Mobi powered by Breezie is a personalised digital hub which aims to help seniors live more independently at home while staying connected with family, friends and the wider community.
Accessed via a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet, Mobi is specifically designed for older users to cut through the complexities of technology with a simplified, user-friendly format.
Sam, who started receiving assistance from Carinity Home Care after suffering a stroke, uses his Mobi to keep in touch with family and to maintain his mental fitness by playing games.
“My family is spread across Queensland and because of speech difficulties it can be hard to keep in touch. The Mobi tablet makes this situation so much easier as I am able to email them,” Sam says.
“Although at the moment I’m able to work it all out I’m mostly playing games like solitaire and chess. The games help my brain power and memory.
“The system is easy to use for someone like me and can only make my life better thanks to Carinity.”
Samuel’s wife Debbie says her husband, who in the past eight years has had triple heart bypass surgery, suffered a stroke and had a cataract operation, has “lifted his mood” by using his Mobi.
“He is happier and more upbeat. It has helped him a great deal. He has six children and now he’s be able to keep in touch with them by sending messages, which makes him contented,” Debbie says.
Leah Rose from Carinity Home Care West Moreton says using a Mobi is “leading to better health and wellbeing outcomes for seniors”.
“Using Mobi can help seniors to maintain mental fitness and they can access telehealth services via endless internet through the Telstra 4G wireless network. With unlimited data, users can also use Mobi for entertainment options such as watching movies and TV, reading e-books and listening to music,” Leah says.
Carinity Home Care packages, funded by the Federal Government, assist seniors with services such as nursing, personal grooming, household chores, transport and shopping.
“We work to make your tailored budget stretch as far as it can, providing care options which are flexible to changes with you or your circumstances,” Leah says.
Mobi powered by Breezie is available to Carinity Home Care clients. For more information visit www.CarinityHomeCare.org.au or phone 1300 109 109.