DISH and Independa to help with entertainment and caregiving services for seniors

DISH and Independa, the global leader in remote engagement technologies, this week introduced a TV-based solution that streamlines entertainment and caregiving services for seniors.

When Independa’s AnyTV Companion is connected to a television installed with DISH’s Wally receiver, users can now easily control both their TV and Independa services with DISH’s voice remote. This eliminates the need for separate remotes to manage each service. Launched in 2016, the Independa AnyTV Companion is a set-back box that turns the television into a bi-directional engagement platform for residential homes and organizations focused on senior living, home care, behavioral health and addiction recovery. With Independa’s technology, users can schedule appointments, receive medication reminders, engage with others via video chat and messaging, and stay up-to-date on community information, like dining menus and event calendars, directly on their television. With Independa’s award-winning technology, users can schedule appointments, receive medication reminders, engage with others via video chat and messaging, and stay up-to-date on community information, like dining menus and event calendars, directly on their television. The platform is also compatible with health sensors and devices, like blood pressure monitors and scales, providing organizations and loved ones with a holistic view of the Independa user.

“Television is the main source of entertainment and news for many older Americans,” said Alistair Chatwin, vice president of DISH Business. “By combining the Independa system with our technology, we’re turning the TV into a solution that delivers services to help provide a better quality of life, as well as operational efficiencies for organizations in senior care.”

“Parks Associates research reports 29 percent of seniors age 65 and older find it appealing to have a video consultation with a doctor directly through their TV,” said Elizabeth Parks, senior vice president at Parks Associates. “TV-enabled video solutions allow access to in-home care experiences for seniors who want to stay independent in their homes.” DISH’s voice remote interprets natural language to control navigation, search and content selection on Wally. It also features motion-activated backlighting and two custom buttons: one to launch the Independa system and the other to signal professionals and loved ones for support.

The goal here is to make everything easy. For more information, visit DISH’s senior living page.