Senior Care Sector- BC-608

Project type: Research
Desired discipline(s): Business, Social Sciences & Humanities, Family and consumer science, Interactive arts and technology, Journalism / Media studies and communication, Other, Psychology, Urban studies
Company: Care2Talk
Project Length: 4 to 6 months
Preferred start date: As soon as possible.
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Victoria, BC, Canada; Canada
No. of positions: 1
Desired education level: CollegeUndergraduate/BachelorMaster'sPhDPostdoctoral fellow
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About the company: 

Care2Talk is a video technology platform that provides the easiest to use and most secure product on the market for care facilities and ministries to connect their love ones seamlessly.

Care2Talk is an iOS/Android App which uses a specially designed interface on a mobile or tablet device to create an easy-to-use video chat tool for those with cognitive decline, or other impairments, which may make alternatives difficult to navigate. This includes conditions associated with:

• Aging & Dementia
• Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities
• Brain Injuries
• Vision and Hearing Impairments (CC)
• Physical Disabilities & Mobility Restrictions

Care2Talk identified that there was a gap in services available to connect seniors or people with dementia/cognitive disabilities with their caretakers, family, or friends. Video calling applications proved to be too confusing for many senior citizens to navigate and use. Care2talk resulted from this need to keep the aging population socially connected.

Describe the project.: 

Care2Talk is looking for a research collaboration project in the senior care sector to understand how we can best help seniors stay connected to loved ones through video conference software and hardware. Specifically, Care2Talk is interested to measure changes in engagement, stress, anxiety, and depression as seniors are provided with intuitive technology to connect with their families and friends. In addition, Care2Talk would like to identify user interface solutions that are accessible to seniors of varying levels of cognition which reduce stress, anxiety, and depression the most effectively. Lastly, Care2Talk would like to further research user interface solutions that facilitate effective interactions between seniors and health-care providers.

Required expertise/skills: 

Expertise in the following:

Senior Care, Video Communications, Mental Health and awareness.