Don’t let distance keep your patients from their loved ones
A happy patient or resident is always a primary goal. Shorter recovery times, better health and engaged family members are the results.
Hospitals and clinics - Studies show that family/friend involvement in caring for the patient results in better and faster healing. The role of family members has changed from concerned by-stander to member of the care team. Family members are now expected to be fully involved in the healing process. Today's best hospitals understand this and are investing in ways to accomdate visitors through new room designs to enable visitors to stay longer and even overnight and in technologies like VGo to enable distant or time pressed family and friends to visit without travelling to the hospital.
Nursing homes and assisted living communities - Ten million adult children now care for their parents,(that number is expected to triple by 2050) and many do it long distance. This can lead to social isolation for elderly parents, which has been found to affect overall health. Keeping in touch by video bridges that gap. In fact a study in the Journal of Clinical Nursing found that nursing home residents rated using video to communicate with family members very highly. It made them feel less anxiety, it was better than a telephone, and it served as a good replacement for an in-person visit. But the survey results also indicated that services like Skype have issues – the elderly have to navigate a PC or laptop, and they made not have great flexibility of movement.
A VGo visit overcomes the miles
VGo’s robotic telepresence solution is an ideal way to bridge the distance between friends and family members and a healthcare or assisted living facility . There’s nothing required of the patient or elder family member that's being visited. VGo is 100% remote-controlled by any authorized visitor with an internet-connected laptop equipped with audio capabilities and a webcam. As long as the VGo is in a building equipped with WiFi, a visitor can drive VGo to wherever they would go if they were there in person:
- go up to the bed
- go over to the loved one sitting in a chair
- provide company during an exercise walk down the hall or on a trip to the rehabilitation center
- visit with the nursing staff
- confer with the doctors out in the hallway
In the past, a hospital could rely on its location for its client base. Now patients looking for the best care have new ways to evaluate alternatives. VGo, having been well received by patients and elders, demonstrates the state of the art of caregiving by today's best healthcare organizations.