Program Will Address Social Isolation and Care Delivery for Members in Quarantine During and Beyond COVID-19
Uniper Care, provider of age-at-home television-based solutions for care delivery and social engagement, has partnered with managed care organization Sunflower Health Plan to launch Phase 1 of a program intended to address the loneliness and social isolation many older adults are feeling due to COVID-19.
The program will use live programming and interactive video communication streamed directly via television set to enable older adults to stay socially, physically, and mentally active as they age from home. The program also offers secure video telehealth to enable remote care delivery via television, a technology familiar to older adults.
“We understand the pandemic has caused increased isolation for many of our members who are older adults, which may have a negative impact on their mental and physical health,” says Stephanie Rasmussen, Sunflower vice president of Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS). “We are pleased to partner with Uniper to offer services that will help reduce feelings of isolation and that encourage mental and physical wellbeing.”
Sunflower members participating in the program should begin receiving their Uniper kits in the coming weeks.
“With the holidays approaching, we are entering a period of acute need for older adults who could suffer from social isolation and loneliness,” says Avi Price, co-founder and COO of Uniper Care. “It is crucial to have a service that can engage and connect them to activities they enjoy and provide access to remote health care services. The correlation between emotional and physical wellbeing is intertwined. To keep older adults healthy in isolation requires a whole-person approach to health.”