A new study has found that nursing home patients who used video conferencing technology feel that the technology is a useful tool to keep in touch with family.
The study, which appears in the June issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing, looked at 34 patients with an average age of 75 at 10 different Taiwanese nursing homes. All of the nursing home patients said that the experience "enriched their lives," and nearly two-thirds said that it was the next best thing to a visit in person.
While it took some time getting used to the equipment, many residents said it helped them get a better picture of their families' everyday lives. "My daughter-in-law owns a pet store. She always shows me what's new in her store, such as a new pet. It's really interesting," one resident said.
Others said it allowed them to keep in touch with family members who couldn't visit in person. "My son lives in America and has his own business. He only has time to visit me once or twice a year. Via video conference, I have the chance to see my son, grandson and so on," said another resident.
While video conferencing technology is widely used in the business world, there is a growing demand to use the technology from home. Many new computers now come with video chat capabilities, and many companies are looking to make the technology easier to use for consumers.