As we get older, it can be harder and harder to stay engaged and establish meaningful social connections. In fact, research shows that nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated. While social isolation is serious – it can even increase your risk of premature death – there are plenty of innovative ways for seniors to stay connected. At Waterstone on Augusta, we work with a service called iN2L – “It’s Never Too Late” – that helps seniors connect with the world around them. So, what is iN2L?
What Is iN2L?
What Is iN2L?
iN2L is, first and foremost, a technology service. Founded in 1999, iN2L offers customized computer systems with therapeutic and entertainment content. This hardware is specifically adapted for use in nursing homes, assisted living communities, and adult day programs. The service strives to help seniors maintain a fulfilling life – a life that, as the iN2L website puts it, is full of “joy, purpose, and meaningful social connections.” This service focuses on content-driven experiences – games, music, meditations, and social networking – that can all be done from the comfort of a user’s easy chair. The technology also helps seniors stay connected with friends, caregivers, and family members.
How Does iN2L Work?
The iN2L service is full of possibilities. For example, iN2L offers an easy-to-hold, touch-screen tablet that allows older adults to stay connected. Using that tablet, seniors can access daily meditations, relaxing music, and games like Sudoku or crossword puzzles. Even without the tablet, users can use their computer or phone to search for exactly what they’re looking for – for example, certain types of music or articles – to help tailor their experience. The interface is easy to navigate, helping seniors of all cognitive and physical abilities enjoy their time using iN2L. The platform is also constantly evolving, recommending new content so users never get bored. Finally, iN2L users can connect to other iN2L users. While seniors might be uncomfortable with traditional social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter, iN2L’s secure platform allows them to chat with real-life friends and family members with the click of a button.
How We Use the Service
iN2L is a great resource, especially for our Memory Care Programs. At Waterstone on Augusta, we use a unique content system tailored for adults receiving memory care. First, iN2L allows us to connect residents with each other, as well as staff and family members. Additionally, the service allows us to employ a robust content library of over 4,000 items. We use this library to design programming that caters to residents’ unique purposes, passions, and interests. For example, if we’re working with a patient who has advanced dementia, we might design their routine around calming music available in iN2L. Conversely, if one of our patients is feeling lonely or isolated, we can help them connect with friends and family using the secure, senior-safe software.
So, what is iN2L? This innovative software is a safe, engaging, personalized resource that keeps seniors connected with the world around them. This service is available to seniors of all cognitive and physical ability levels, helping them maintain their dignity and live life to the fullest.
Effective, compassionate memory care isn’t one-size-fits-all. Tools like iN2L are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exceptional, personalized care. Are you looking for a premier assisted living and memory care community in the heart of downtown Greenville, South Carolina? Come visit us at Waterstone on Augusta. Our community is both relaxing and elegant, and we strive to enhance the quality of life of the seniors we serve through teamwork and unity. To learn more about our amenities and to view our lovely community, please schedule a tour online or call us today at 864-605-7236.