Dear Staying Put Members and Friends,
We are writing to encourage you to
embrace new technology
in these unprecedented times.
Meeting new challenges:
The last few months have been – and continue to be – difficult for everyone, especially older adults and people with underlying health conditions who are most at risk from COVID-19. We are all being challenged to act in ways which are new to us: isolating at home, wearing masks and gloves, not seeing friends and family. In the absence of an effective vaccine against the virus, it is hard to imagine returning to our former ways.
One tool which holds great potential in addressing our medical and social needs is videoconferencing
In the medical realm, videoconferencing is known as telemedecine. Anyone who has had to see a doctor during the last two months knows that many providers have chosen not to see patients in their offices. Instead, they have relied on the use of cell phones, tablets, iPads, and computers to “examine” patients remotely. For the most part, this system works well and has the added benefits of avoiding the hassles of travel and waiting as well as protecting patients from potential exposure to illness in the doctor’s office. In fact, the system has worked so well that, as of April 30, 2020,
Medicare has agreed to reimburse visits by video, in person, or by phone,
as have most supplemental insurers.
Essential medical appointments:
Obviously, there will still be a need to visit some doctors in person. If you need to go to see a doctor for an essential medical service – such as your cardiologist or ophthalmologist, or for a treatment – Staying Put will arrange a ride.
But after the pandemic ends, telemedicine is here to stay,
so it’s time we embraced it.
Regarding our social needs, videoconferencing is already proving to be a life-changer.
Families, friends, and employees have been able to see and talk with each other remotely via Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime.
Staying Put has already hosted Men’s Coffees via Zoom and will be collaborating with Lapham on virtual Lunch and Learns, where we will deliver lunch to members and they can enjoy a live program at home. Other virtual events include a Dinner “in,” where Staying Put will deliver meals from a favorite restaurant to members who will dine at home “with” 6 to 8 other members over Zoom. Other ways to use this technology include seeing and talking to children in real time, reading a book to your grandchild, participating in your book group, or watching a streamed lecture from the Library.
What do you need to make this happen? A smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Staying Put will match you with a volunteer who will walk you through the steps
of downloading an application on your device and will then explain how to use it. For any member who wishes to take advantage of this technology and does not have a device, equipment is available.
Your first step:
Call Staying Put at
The staff is here in this time of change to help ensure you live safely at home and stay connected with family, friends, and the community.
Barb, Cathy, Laura and Nicola