Using GrandPad® Tablets to Improve the Well-Being of PACE Participants

July 9, 2024

Research has shown that social isolation and loneliness are linked to higher risks for negative health outcomes. As part of our holistic approach to senior health care, Florida PACE Centers recently launched a program to provide participants at our Miramar location with free GrandPad® tablet-computers to help them more easily stay connected with their loved ones, entertain themselves, and receive telehealth services from their interdisciplinary care team. And so far, they have been a huge hit!

Unlike your typical iPad or other tablet, the entire user experience for the GrandPad tablets has been designed especially for older adults to be accessible and easy to use. Key features include:

  • 4G LTE connectivity so the GrandPad is fully functional without needing to set up a network or remember a Wi-Fi password
  • Simple interface with large icons and crisp text
  • Loud, front-facing speakers tuned to a frequency that makes it easier to hear for those with hearing loss
  • A wireless charging stand eliminating the need for plugs, ports, and easily misplaced cables
  • A help button for instant connection to 24/7 live tech support

This senior-friendly technology offers a variety of features and apps. Florida PACE Centers Miramar participants really enjoy using the GrandPad to surf the web, listen to music, play games with wellness benefits, and most of all – stay in touch with family. In addition to video and audio-only calls, the GrandPad also has a private family network where loved ones can post pictures, videos, and text messages – keeping everyone connected.

The GrandPad tablet is also an excellent telehealth tool. Seniors can easily set up medication and appointment reminders, as well as video call their PACE interdisciplinary care team for check-ups. Video calls can also be set up conference-style so family caregivers can attend virtually.

So far, the program has been a great success with the PACE participants at our Miramar location. Within the first three months, participants used their GrandPad more than 90 hours per month. Once the GrandPad became available, participants saw their score on the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) drop from an average of 2.44 to 1.65 in just one month.

One of our GrandPad users, Martin, wrote to us expressing his delight with the device, saying “I look forward every night to turn on my GrandPad and listen to music. Also, I’m having a lot of fun playing chess. I enjoy listening to the different excellent programs of NPR and taking beautiful pictures of different and gorgeous flowers outside my assisted living facility. Last but not least, I always receive very helpful advice when I need it.”

The availability of GrandPad tablets was made possible thanks to charitable contributions to Miami Jewish Health’s THRIVE campaign. On behalf of our PACE participants and their families, we want to express our thanks to all the generous donors who made this program possible.

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