As we age and our mobility decreases, it can become more difficult to leave home on a regular basis.
While there are many services available to support these changes in your lifestyle, reduced social interaction outside your home can cause you to feel loneliness. Keeping in touch through regular contact with friends and family is imperative for reducing feelings of social isolation.
Thanks to technology, seeing your family face-to-face is easier than you think. Free programs including Skype, FaceTime and other video calling services can help you stay in touch.
How does video calling work
Video calling uses the microphone and webcam or camera in your computer, tablet or smartphone, allowing video callers to see and hear each other.
Video calling keeps you connected and enables face-to-face direct communication between yourself and family and friends so you will never miss a moment. You can stay in touch with your loved ones whether they are in far flung places or closer to home. Being able to see your loved ones face-to-face gives you a greater insight into their emotions and you can also see what’s happening in real-time.
Using technology such as video calling can help improve your interaction with your family and friends when you can’t be with them. Learning a new skill like video calling can be fun and will keep you active in the digital space.
What video calling services are available?
There are a number of free video calling services available to download. Some of the most popular include:
Skype is free to download from the App Store or via their website. Follow the prompts to install and once you and the person you’re calling have Skype installed, calls are free of charge.
Facetime is a free video calling app available through Apple devices such as Mac computers and iPhones. An instructional video to help you set up Facetime is included here.
WhatsApp uses your internet connection and enables you to send messages and make video calls on your phone for free (data charges may apply).
Where can I get help?
Many of our local libraries run free introductory technology and computer skill sessions. Our Customer Service Team can help you organise a return trip with our transport services. Call us on 1800 786 227 to discuss your needs.