Claris Companion Tablet Connects Seniors with Families and Caregivers
By: Gili Loew, intern, AARP Office of International Affairs-NY
Publish Date: October
Product Name: Claris Companion
Company: Claris Healthcare
Country/Region: Washington State, U.S and Vancouver, Canada
Availability: Now available for purchase
The Claris Healthcare Company believes that independent seniors should enjoy self-managed care which includes easy access and communication with their families that doesn’t require complicated technology tools; security of online programs from scams and frauds; and aging safely, reducing trips to hospitals, increasing independent life, and immediate alerts to family, caregivers and emergency services such as hospitals and 911.
To combine all of these important aspects, Claris Healthcare developed a new tablet called the Claris Companion, which allows seniors to surf online safely and communicate easily with their family and health care providers such as doctors and social workers. Avoiding useless advertising and spam, the tablet is controlled remotely by a caregiver’s computer, tablet or smartphone who can upload, update and decide what programs will be on the tablet. While presenting just a few big-font buttons on the screen, the tablet features a special button for video chat, a button that quick dials 911 for an emergency, and even a button that automatically sends an email requesting a loved one to call the tablet user.
Similar to a laptop, but much more user-friendly and simplified, the Claris Companion can also email and text message, send events as well as medication and treatment reminders and even has the ability to save pictures and create albums. When the tablet is not in use, it turns into a digital album that displays the stored pictures.
The Claris Companion is configured on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and could be personally configured to serve the senior’s needs. There are a few plans, monthly, lifetime contract or flexible, and also plans with wifi or without, which varies in prices.
In an interview with FoxNews, Geof Auchinleck , CEO of Claris Healthcare said , "A lot of us in our 50s are looking after aged parents who are now on their own, and we're all worrying at some level whether Mom's currently laying on the floor just out of reach of the telephone. So by having more channels of communications open,…the more confident we are that they're managing on their own."