At one time or another, we have all felt varying degrees of social isolation, loneliness, and depression. With the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, while many of us have been forced to stay at home alone, these feelings have become all-too-familiar. We are all looking forward to a COVID-free future where we can reunite with our family, friends, and loved ones. However, as we think about our struggles and brighter days ahead, it is important to remember that for people with disabilities and the elderly, this "new" normal is not at all new. Studies have shown that people with disabilities disproportionately experience feelings of loneliness and depression. This is often a result of the many barriers imposed upon them, stemming from a variety of sources, including weather, restricted access to family, friends, and social gatherings, and many other factors beyond their control.
Fortunately, during these moments of sheltering in place, technology has proven to be an excellent source of connection and escapism. Video calling services such as Zoom and Google Meet , online shopping services such as Amazon and Instacart, and streaming services such as Netflix and Apple TV, are popular examples of technologies that have quickly embedded themselves in our daily routine. Technologies like these have soared in popularity since the beginning of this pandemic. However, as we know, technology is not always accessible to everyone.
This brings to light a question that we at Novalte are committed to answering: how do we ensure technology is accessible to those who need it most?
That is where the emitto™ Managed Service comes in. Novalte has created a managed service that allows individuals with disabilities and the elderly to independently control their environment. With a single switch or voice command, users can access their TVs, beds, and doors. This service offers friendly customer support and helps bridge the gap between environmental barriers and one's ability to catch the news or throw on a comedy to escape.
We have all been impacted by the effects of social isolation. Harness the power of technology to stay connected to your loved ones and the world around you. Lastly, remember that it's okay to not be okay, and the best way out is through. Together.
If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, be sure to seek help. Here are some links that you might find helpful.
- Crisis Services Canada:
- CAMH: https://www.camh.ca/en/driving-change/about-camh/contact-camh
- eMentalHealth: https://www.ementalhealth.ca/
- MentalHealth.gov: https://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help