We are greatly concerned about elders during the current COVID-19 pandemic, especially the well-being of those isolated in retirement communities. They are unable to see their loved ones and are without access to social contact for months on end.
The digital divide intensifies these concerns and makes potential solutions more challenging to implement. We feel it is especially important to support the elderly and their well-being during these times. Virtual Companions addresses these concerns, taking into consideration the technological limitations of the elderly.
We are looking to connect volunteer social companions with elders in the form of weekly check-ins, where volunteers chat with elders once a week over the phone.