Care Tech – Staying Connected with Loved Ones

Staying Connected with Loved Ones

Below you will find a list of technology that we found useful when supporting people to stay in touch with your loved ones.

Our friends at Alzheimer Scotland have developed an extensive catalogue of technology with reviews from carers and their loved ones. The platform can be used by anyone, not just those living with dementia. You can check it out here: Adam (

If you are wanting more support with setting up and using tech, AbilityNet is a charity providing tech support across the UK. The service is made up of volunteers who can support you with tech over the phone or in your home. You can check them out here: A digital world accessible to all. | AbilityNet

Echo Show

5 to 15 inch screen device with Alexa voice assistant which can be linked with other smart devices. Can be used to video call other echo shows or smart phones through the Alexa app.

  • Drop-in function allows you to call in on family without them needing to answer the call
  • Disconnect microphone and camera easily for privacy
  • Plug-in device – does not run via battery
  • Requires Wi-Fi and smart phone for set up

Price: starting around £45

Doro Phone

The Doro flip phone is simple to use, has an easy to find emergency assistance button and is designed as a stripped back mobile for simplicity.

  • Hearing aid compatible, easy to read display, enhanced sound for clearer conversations
  • Not all models are internet compatible

Price: starts at £89.99

Echo Dot

A voice assistant that you can use to call family and friends. Once linked to phone contacts you can ask Alexa to call or text your contacts.

  • Drop-in function allows you to call loved ones without them having to answer
  • Requires Wi-fi connection and smartphone
  • Useful for radio, music and audiobooks
  • Classic features such as alarms, reminders, weather checks and news updates

Prices start around £20

Kettle Companion

The Kettle Companion is an assisted living product, that helps those who live apart to stay connected, by illuminating when a loved one activates their kettle at home.

This is signalled through a monitoring plug and communicated via Wi-Fi to a paired Kettle Companion in another user’s home. Additionally, if there is a change in pattern of use, for instance, an elderly parent has not had their habitual morning cup of tea by the usual time, the paired Kettle Companion will illuminate red. A text message alert can also be sent to the owner of this appliance, prompting them to check on their loved one. 

  • Requires Wi-fi

Price: around £50

WhatsApp (Android) (Apple)

A great way to stay in touch with friends and family via your smartphone. You can voice or video call, send and receive pictures to stay up to date with what everyone in your life is getting up to.

Price: free

Last Updated on 21st March 2024 by Dan