Embracing technology to keep in touch with loved ones: top tips to stay connected

In today’s fast-paced and technologically-driven world, staying connected with loved ones can be challenging, especially for those living in care homes. The Covid-19 pandemic showed us just how powerful technology can be in connecting people. With the help of technology, there are now more ways than ever to bridge the distance and maintain strong bonds with family and friends.

At Crouched Friars, we are committed to helping our residents stay connected with their loved ones. We encourage them to embrace technology and provide them with the support they need to use it effectively.

Here are some top tips for staying connected with loved ones:

  • Use video calling platforms to stay connected:

Video calling is one of the best ways to connect with loved ones and the closest thing to an in-person visit. Apps like Skype, Zoom and FaceTime and WhatsApp all provide excellent video calling features which allow real-time conversations with individuals or groups at your fingertips. Having this wonderful technology at your disposal makes maintaining long distance relationships a bit easier.


  • Use social media to share photos and videos:

Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram are a great way to stay updated on the lives of loved ones. You can share photos, videos and updates from your life with your family and friends and encourage them to do the same. You can also have groups to share updates with many people at once and foster a sense of community and belonging.


  • Play online games together:

Another fun and interactive way to connect with your loved ones is through technology is playing online games and puzzles together. You can invite the entire family and make a lovely playdate out of it! Such activities provide a sense of connection, shared experiences and helps you make new memories.


  • Write letters digitally to stay connected:

Email correspondence is a great way to keep in touch – old school but still practical! Writing regular letters to your loved ones in a care home, updating them about your life and attaching photos and videos will make them feel loved, even from afar. You can also encourage them to do the same with support from the staff at the care home.

These are great activities to maintain a healthy relationship with your loved ones in a care home. Here are a couple ways in which you can ensure that your communication remains seamless:

  • Empower your loved ones with the tools they need to connect with you whenever they like
  • Encourage technological literacy among family members
  • Schedule regular connect times
  • Don’t forget to have fun with it!

At Crouched Friars, we believe that technology is a valuable tool for staying connected with your loved ones. We encourage our residents to embrace technology and provide support wherever they need to use it properly.

If you have any questions about staying in touch with your loved ones, please feel free to contact us at 01206 572647 or visit us at our lovely home in Colchester.

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