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Suncare: Keeping our seniors connected as more health services go online

Suncare Digital uses The Diary to keep seniors digitally connected

 

“The program, Suncare Digital, has been funded by the Australian Government’s ‘Commonwealth Home Support Programme’ and is aimed at keeping seniors connected digitally – teaching them new technical skills and delivering them an iPad to access the internet.

Suncare Community Services Chief Executive, Russell Mason, expressed that even before Australia was asked to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of their seniors were experiencing isolation and feeling disconnected from their family, their medical professionals and their community.

“This program is designed to reach out to clients who are not confident in this digital space or haven’t had these resources available to them and allow them to access daily health monitoring, participate in health and wellbeing programs and keep connected socially,” said Mr Mason.

A recent report from National Seniors Australia, ‘The Senior Surfers Research Report 2019’ states that there are clear benefits of internet access for seniors to alleviate risks in late life such as loneliness, isolation and less mobility.

“Increasingly our clients are being asked to access services through technology and so this program allows them to have an email address, link to government sites including My Aged Care, carry out online banking and monitor their health through telehealth and apps such as The Diary and Calm…”

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