TeleVisit is a California 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that connects older adults to each other through their participation in interactive group activities from the convenience and comfort of home.  Using a simple, specially designed frame, customers can tune in and join the group, participating in a variety of live programs designed to entertain, engage, inspire and educate -- thus establishing community.  Absolutely no technical skill is necessary to access programs.

Interact Program

The Interact Program allows older adults to join a community of other adults to participate in daily physical, mental and social activities from the comfort of their home using simple to use tablets.

Virtual Villages

TeleVisit enables Virtual Villages to connect members to daily social activities from home. It leverages your limited resources with a unique and value added service that will attract and retain your members.

Summary of TeleVisit Programs & Benefits

Summary of TeleVisit Benefits

Research shows that staying physically, mentally and socially active staves off cognitive decline experienced by older adults, and enables them to live independently longer. TeleVisit provides a convenient way for customers to exercise, interact, connect, socialize, and participate in activities.

 
Benefits of joining a TeleVisit program:

  • Short exercise videos 2X / day to maintain balance, posture and wellness
  • Maintain mental capabilities through games and socialization
  • Interact with friends & relatives who live in different locations
  • Provide continuity and companionship through changes in life, such as transitioning into an assisted living facility; from active social activity to being home bound for whatever reasons
  • Peace of mind for caregivers because someone is talking to their loved one at least twice a day
  • Up to 40 hours of activities for $15/month 

How It Works

1. A host calls each participant at the scheduled time on their regular phones. We take the initiative so that participants who may have mild cognitive impairment or memory issues do not have to worry about remembering when to join an activity. We do not turn on the video camera, which protects their privacy and also enhances honest dialog.

2. The tablet will ring for 2 minutes and invite the participant to join by pressing just one button; that is all she needs to learn. When everyone has joined, the host will introduce the activity and facilitate everyone's participation, ensuring that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.

3. Optional courtesy (non emergency) alerts and weekly email reports can be sent to the loved ones, providing them peace of mind.

4. A loved one can call the participant if she has missed sessions.

 

 TeleVisit Program Features:

  • Daily activity sessions (up to 3 per day) run by a trained TeleVisit facilitator who initiates calls to clients; family members may select programs from a menu of choices
  • Clients need only press a single button on the tablet to join a session
  • Notifications to family members if client does not attend a session, or facilitator believes that client may not be safe
  • Talking picture frame automatically starts and shuts down each day
  • Talking picture frame automatically downloads fresh content when no active activity is in session

Monthly TeleVisit subscription: $15 (requires Internet service and WiFi), $10 more for T-Mobile wireless data plan.

 

*The Talking picture frames are generic Android devices which have been tested with our software.

Interact Program

Clients participate in 2 daily sessions.  A different theme/topic is featured for each session & participants discuss, reminisce, and share their experiences & thoughts.  Food & Nutrition, and Education sessions provide specific topic information; and participants get to engage in balance, stretching & posture improvement activities during the Exercise sessions.

Sample Activities:

  • Good Morning call
  • Music: Favorites of the 30s/40s/50s, Big Band, Hymn Sing
  •  Games: Trivia, Bingo, Name that Tune, Boggle
  •  Local History
  • Reminisce: clients share their memories with each other
  • Travel Diaries
  • Exercise
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Education --- Topics such as Living Will, Fraud & Scams, Home Safety

 

BENEFITS:

  • Maintain physical wellness through 2X daily sessions
  • Maintain mental capabilities through games and socialization
  •  Interact with friends & relatives who live in different locations
  • Provide continuity and companionship through changes in life, such as transitioning into an assisted living facility; from active social activity to being home bound for whatever reasons

Virtual Villages

Partnering with Virtual Villages, Senior Communities & Elder Care Service Providers to Create Virtual Communities using the TeleVisit Platform.

Depending on the virtual villages or organization’s needs and requirements, members of these communities can socially engage /participate by:
1.   Joining TeleVisit’s Existing Programs in a special group that is created specifically for your organisation.
2.   Joining a Customized Program that is co-branded with your organization


Studies have shown that an active physical and social life is an important factor in healthy aging and reducing the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.  Physical limitations and constraints in the aging process may result in a decline in active participation for seniors.

TeleVisit’s programs aim to create virtual communities that enable homebound seniors to continue to remain socially active.  Older adults can continue to be socially active, participating/engaging in daily social interactions and activities from discussions on topics of interest to exercise and stretching sessions, and attending educational “seminars” from the comfort of home.   

Participants in TeleVisit’s pilot program study reported that active participation and being part of the virtual group and programs offered had given them access to social activities, opportunities to make new friends, and a general improvement in a sense of well-being.

Additionally, a similar Caregivers’ virtual community will offer support and social interaction for family members and caregivers.

Please contact us for additional information and to discuss co-branded and customized programs.  

Testimonials

Listen to what our community has to say about the impact TeleVisit has made in their lives.

Organizational Profile

TeleVisit is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission to is to provide meaning & purpose to isolated elderly adults through facilitated group activities delivered via teleconference and easy to use tablets. 

Older adults connect to each other through their participation in interactive group activities from the convenience and comfort of home.   TeleVisit provides a service and virtual community platform that creates and hosts a variety of "live" programs designed to entertain, engage, inspire and educate -- thus establishing community.

Vision

  • To revolutionize how we use technology to enhance the social, physical and cognitive well-being of isolated seniors and to support them, their families and caregivers.

Mission

  • To transform the quality of life of seniors through simple-to-use technology and personalized, interactive online programs and activities that educate, entertain, inspire, connect and engage.
  • To dramatically enhance the ability of older adults to stay physically, mentally and socially active by creating and delivering interactive learning, social, entertainment and community-building group activities and programs that can be enjoyed from home.

TeleVisit is made up of a diverse group of individuals who care deeply about improving the lives of older adults. We are always looking for passionate people to join our team.


Our Team

Board of Directors & Advisors

  Executive Director: Wesley Cheng   Wesley is the founder and executive director of TeleVisit.   He is a high tech entrepreneur and co-founded KonaWare, a wireless applications company for mobile devices, in 2001. It was sold to ServicePower (the leader in service optimization software where he served as VP Product Management) and GPS pioneer Trimble. He then founded HabitatCare, a research and consulting company that focused on aging-in-place technology solutions. Wesley has also spent 15 years in technical management positions at Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems. 

Executive Director: Wesley Cheng

Wesley is the founder and executive director of TeleVisit. 

He is a high tech entrepreneur and co-founded KonaWare, a wireless applications company for mobile devices, in 2001. It was sold to ServicePower (the leader in service optimization software where he served as VP Product Management) and GPS pioneer Trimble. He then founded HabitatCare, a research and consulting company that focused on aging-in-place technology solutions. Wesley has also spent 15 years in technical management positions at Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems. 

  Board Member: Michelle Rogers   Michelle Rogers grew up in the Bay Area and has more than 25 years of marketing and sales experience within the technology sector.  Michelle acquired the South Peninsula Home Instead Senior Care franchise in 2007, after deciding she wanted to be involved in providing services that would support people in the community. Her CAREGivers provide non-medical, in-home services to seniors in Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, Redwood City, San Carlos, and Belmont, Calif.   

Board Member: Michelle Rogers

Michelle Rogers grew up in the Bay Area and has more than 25 years of marketing and sales experience within the technology sector.

Michelle acquired the South Peninsula Home Instead Senior Care franchise in 2007, after deciding she wanted to be involved in providing services that would support people in the community. Her CAREGivers provide non-medical, in-home services to seniors in Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, Redwood City, San Carlos, and Belmont, Calif.

 

  Board Member, Program Director: Julie Cheng    Julie is the program director for TeleVisit; researching, sourcing, producing and scheduling interesting activities. She is the voice of TeleVisit as she hosts many of the sessions; greeting the seniors every day and facilitating the activities.     Julie is also the leader of the senior ministry at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California.   Julie Cheng is a music therapist and piano instructor. She has used music to help seniors, stroke patients, and children with developmental or emotional challenges. 

Board Member, Program Director: Julie Cheng

Julie is the program director for TeleVisit; researching, sourcing, producing and scheduling interesting activities. She is the voice of TeleVisit as she hosts many of the sessions; greeting the seniors every day and facilitating the activities.

Julie is also the leader of the senior ministry at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California.

Julie Cheng is a music therapist and piano instructor. She has used music to help seniors, stroke patients, and children with developmental or emotional challenges. 

  Advisor: Dr Jim McCabe   Dr. Jim McCabe is the President of Eldercare Resources, a geriatric care management company that specializes in eldercare and case management services. Over a period of more than 25 years, Dr. McCabe has assisted hundreds of families with planning in the areas of eldercare and long term care planning.  Jim has served on the Board of The Financial Planning Association in Phoenix, Arizona and has consulted extensively with estate planning professionals in the areas eldercare, health care planning risk management and client retention.  Dr. McCabe holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Hawaii  and earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a frequent contributor to the Journal of Practical Estate Planning. Jim and his wife Deborah make their home in Los Altos, CA

Advisor: Dr Jim McCabe

Dr. Jim McCabe is the President of Eldercare Resources, a geriatric care management company that specializes in eldercare and case management services. Over a period of more than 25 years, Dr. McCabe has assisted hundreds of families with planning in the areas of eldercare and long term care planning.

Jim has served on the Board of The Financial Planning Association in Phoenix, Arizona and has consulted extensively with estate planning professionals in the areas eldercare, health care planning risk management and client retention.

Dr. McCabe holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Hawaii  and earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a frequent contributor to the Journal of Practical Estate Planning. Jim and his wife Deborah make their home in Los Altos, CA

  Board Member: John Lehman   John is executive director of Senior New Ways, a non profit organization that applies vintage music group therapy for memory in residential and day care centers. He has led residential care visitation programs to over 600 persons in south bay area. John has over 50 developed classes on whole health for boomers and beyond, and caregivers.  John also creates one the favorite TeleVisit programs called Johnny's Jukebox where he introduces musical artists from the 1930's to 1970's and plays samples of their top hits.    

Board Member: John Lehman

John is executive director of Senior New Ways, a non profit organization that applies vintage music group therapy for memory in residential and day care centers. He has led residential care visitation programs to over 600 persons in south bay area. John has over 50 developed classes on whole health for boomers and beyond, and caregivers.

John also creates one the favorite TeleVisit programs called Johnny's Jukebox where he introduces musical artists from the 1930's to 1970's and plays samples of their top hits.    

  Advisor: Dr Rita Ghatak   Rita is the Founder and Director of Aging Adult Services at Stanford Healthcare since 2005. She directs the programs of Care Coordination, Geriatric Health, Home Technology, Memory Support, Caregiver Education, and oversees coordinated care for thousands of older adults.   She received the Stanford Health Care Isaac Stein Award for Compassionate Care at Stanford in 2008. She plays a key role in many eldercare coalitions including public policy. She has conducted research on dementia management, caregiver training, patient care outcomes and management of neurological disorders. Her current focus at Stanford is readmissions, post-discharge care models, delirium, heart failure and dementia support. She is a published psychologist/gerontologist with multiple articles and has spoken in multiple national and international forums.  She completed her Masters, PhD from JNU, India, and did her post-doctoral work at Stanford. 

Advisor: Dr Rita Ghatak

Rita is the Founder and Director of Aging Adult Services at Stanford Healthcare since 2005. She directs the programs of Care Coordination, Geriatric Health, Home Technology, Memory Support, Caregiver Education, and oversees coordinated care for thousands of older adults.


She received the Stanford Health Care Isaac Stein Award for Compassionate Care at Stanford in 2008.
She plays a key role in many eldercare coalitions including public policy. She has conducted research on dementia management, caregiver training, patient care outcomes and management of neurological disorders. Her current focus at Stanford is readmissions, post-discharge care models, delirium, heart failure and dementia support. She is a published psychologist/gerontologist with multiple articles and has spoken in multiple national and international forums.

She completed her Masters, PhD from JNU, India, and did her post-doctoral work at Stanford. 

  Advisor: Scott Townsend   Scott is a successful entrepreneur, currently at Blue Gecko Software, Inc. which was co-founded in 2006. The company has developed a strong record of developing business intelligence, analytics, and integration solutions for iSystems, Intuit, Intel, and Prosper.   He has a deep product development background that is balanced with a deep affinity for working with independently owned and operated payroll service bureaus to develop stronger sales and market growth strategies by transforming the service bureau from the inside out.

Advisor: Scott Townsend

Scott is a successful entrepreneur, currently at Blue Gecko Software, Inc. which was co-founded in 2006. The company has developed a strong record of developing business intelligence, analytics, and integration solutions for iSystems, Intuit, Intel, and Prosper.
 
He has a deep product development background that is balanced with a deep affinity for working with independently owned and operated payroll service bureaus to develop stronger sales and market growth strategies by transforming the service bureau from the inside out.

  Advisor: Richard Adler   Richard is a Distinguished Fellow at The Institute for the Future, an independent non-profit research organization with over 40 years experience in forecasting and long-range planning. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, IFTF identifies future trends and key discontinuities that will transform the marketplace.   He is also a Principal at People & Technology, which provides research and consulting in the areas of technology and aging. Clients include AARP, Bank of America, Broadband for America, California HealthCare Foundation, CNN, Deloitte, the Japan Research Institute, Mercer, Microsoft, On Lok, Procter & Gamble, Verizon and Seniors Media Lab  Richard is a board member of Institute for the Ages, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate innovation in the field of aging   

Advisor: Richard Adler

Richard is a Distinguished Fellow at The Institute for the Future, an independent non-profit research organization with over 40 years experience in forecasting and long-range planning. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, IFTF identifies future trends and key discontinuities that will transform the marketplace. 

He is also a Principal at People & Technology, which provides research and consulting in the areas of technology and aging. Clients include AARP, Bank of America, Broadband for America, California HealthCare Foundation, CNN, Deloitte, the Japan Research Institute, Mercer, Microsoft, On Lok, Procter & Gamble, Verizon and Seniors Media Lab

Richard is a board member of Institute for the Ages, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate innovation in the field of aging

 

  Advisor: Dione Chen   Dione is a marketing consultant who has over 25 years of experience. She served as VP Marketing at StartX (Stanford-affiliated accelerator's mission is to advance the development of startup founders through providing educational programs, mentorship, a community of high-potential founders, resources and access to funding) and BOMA Systems (which provides patent-pending telecommunications services for emergency notification and group communications). She has held marketing management positions at high tech companies, including Sun Microsystems.  Dione serves as Board Member for the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFE) whose mission is to mission of the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence is to advance applied research, information and resources, advocacy and evidence-based best practices for transforming intergenerational communities.      

Advisor: Dione Chen

Dione is a marketing consultant who has over 25 years of experience. She served as VP Marketing at StartX (Stanford-affiliated accelerator's mission is to advance the development of startup founders through providing educational programs, mentorship, a community of high-potential founders, resources and access to funding) and BOMA Systems (which provides patent-pending telecommunications services for emergency notification and group communications). She has held marketing management positions at high tech companies, including Sun Microsystems.

Dione serves as Board Member for the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFE) whose mission is to
mission of the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence is to advance applied research, information and resources, advocacy and evidence-based best practices for transforming intergenerational communities.

 

 

Staff

Marketing Director: Wai-Mun Chong

Wai-Mun manages marketing for TeleVisit, focusing on strategy, positioning, branding, messaging & online initiatives to drive awareness, demand & adoption of TeleVisit’s services and programs. 

She had previously worked in IBM, Ogilvy & Mather, and US Committee for UNICEF across different roles ranging from marketing management, to business strategy & planning, market intelligence, communications & fundraising.

With a desire to change the way we age, Wai-Mun is passionate about educating & bringing solutions to improve quality life to a fast growing aging population.

Development Director: Sid Prudil

Sid is responsible for grant research and development at TeleVisit. 

His previous work included the Food Bank in Vancouver, Canada. 

He is experienced in software quality assurance, financial accounting and cloud taxonomy at high tech companies such as Cisco systems and ThinkFree. 

 

Program Manager: Deborah Baker

Deborah works with our partner organizations such as virtual villages, home care agencies and senior residences to develop their virtual community programs. 

She has 15 years of technical management experience at Hewlett Packard and Raychem (part of Tyco Electronics). Her startup experience includes operations management at Web Lunch box and Purple Coupon.

Her non profit work includes 6 years at the Los Altos Festival of Lights, where she is currently the president.

 

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