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How-To guides to set up Zoom, FaceTime & Google Hangouts

From John’s Hopkins Hospital. Also available in Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Arabic

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Guideline for the Point Person for Hospitalized Patients:

When a loved one is in the hospital, they will typically require one point person to communicate daily updates to. This can be very overwhelming and this guideline is designed to be a step-by-step way to organize this role.

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Technology options to stay connected

The following are various technology options to help families stay connected while engaging in medical care.

Voice Love

Turn your cellphone into a walkie-talkie directly to your loved one.

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Carely

A free social caregiving app (available for Apple and Android) that brings families together around the care of their loved ones. App includes chat dashboard with photo and calendar sharing.

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CaringBridge

This free website solves communication challenges for families looking to update friends and families on the status of a loved one. CaringBridge is one central hub for updates and includes several very thoughtful features to share words of encouragement, photos and fundraising. The site can be made private or public.

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Alexa devices

Amazon Fire tablets are enabled with many options to stay connected with family and friends. A specific device, the Echo Show, is Amazon’s smart display that allows you to hands-free video call with other Echo Show owners, or anyone who has the Alexa app on their smartphone. The Echo Show can also cycle through your favorite photos — helping you feel close to your loved ones throughout the day. In addition, all Echo devices can be used for an Alexa Drop In, which is a voice call option that operates similar to walkie-talkies, but between Echo devices in different homes.

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Facebook Portal

As Facebook’s very own smart display, Facebook Portal can be used to video chat with your Facebook friends via Facebook Messenger. Facebook Portal can be fun for the whole family. Since Facebook owns WhatsApp, you can also use your Facebook Portal to make and take WhatsApp video calls. The newest version tracks people moving around a room and zooms in and out to accommodate people walking in and out of the video call view. This is a good option for hospital rooms for staff who come in and out of the room.

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