How Can Standex ePlan Keep Families Connected with those in Care?

Standex ePlan are passionate about making sure those in residential care can keep in touch with their loved ones – and that has never been more important than now.

Our Family Share Function allows the families of those in care access to the records of their loved ones, giving peace of mind that they are receiving the very best of care.

But, in addition to how Standex ePlan can help, there are several other ways to keep in touch. So, let’s see the options!

How to Stay Connected to Those in Care During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The whole world is going through a difficult time at the moment, and none more so than those living in Care Homes.

At the moment, and with the need of sticking to the Government guidelines as important than ever, it isn’t possible to physically visit loved ones in care – but that doesn’t mean you can’t see them!

Social Media and modern technology as whole has really come into its own over the last few weeks, and there has never been a better time to get to grips with all the many and varied ways you can stay in touch with your loved ones – and our very own Standex ePlan Care Planning Software has a special Family Share Function enabling loved ones to stay informed of their relatives well-being.

The Freemantle Trust is just one care organisation that is using technology to keep families in touch by installing video calling across all of their care homes. Whilst it may not be the easiest thing to grasp, the benefits of offering this service to those using their care homes is immeasurable.

Residents and families can sit and have a virtual chat, have a virtual cup of coffee together, or even organise a games night – without breaking any of the strict Government social distancing guidelines!

What Choices are Available to Stay Connected?

The last decade has seen a huge leap in digital communication technology, and these days most of it is possible through our very own smartphones or tablets.

Skype was one of the first platforms widely available around the world providing free video call or voice chats, but since those early days there are many different ways we can stay in touch with friends and relatives around the world – or even those just around the corner!


Most people now seem to have WhatsApp installed on their smartphones – all that is required to begin is a mobile telephone number – and preferably a WiFi connection, although data networks can be used.

WhatsApp offers end-to-end encryption so there is a good level of security, and its group chat feature means that you can add (or remove!) family members or friends to keep everyone informed at the same time.

There is also a video facility so you can give each other a wave if you so desire!

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a messaging, voice and video call facility which allows one-on-one conversations, or you can include all your friends and family with group chats for up to 100 people!

You can also choose to turn any conversation into a free video call with just one tap. Talk one-on-one or invite friends for a group call with up to 10 people.

Google Hangouts is available as an app for both iOS and Android – plus there is a desktop version too.


Zoom has really come to the fore over the last few months, and apart from a few (now fixed) early security issues, is a great way to set up virtual social gatherings of up to 100 people!

Free to sign-up and use, and currently with any time restrictions available in the free version removed to enable users to chat for longer, Zoom is a clever and easy way to see how your loved ones are getting on.


Houseparty is a social networking app that allows up to eight people to video chat at once in a room. Users can have infinite rooms, and you can easily float between rooms.

Notifications can be received when friends open the app and you can join chats with friends (and friends of friends).

Houseparty is regarded as being one of the most secure video platforms available at the moment with no data breaches recorded, and is available on iOS, Android, Mac and PC.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is similar to those already mentioned and is also free to sign-up for and use.

Aimed at the more business side of keeping in touch, it allows group and video chatting for an almost unlimited number of people.

Microsoft Teams is available on Desktop Macs or PCs as well as iOS and Android handheld devices.

In Summary

It seems that a new way of staying in touch with friends and family becomes available every week, so this is a far from an exhaustive list. Either try one of the solutions mentioned above, or go hunting for your own solution. But, one thing is for certain, it has never been easier to stay in touch with the ones we love.