REVIEW: Family Experience with the GeriJoy Companion (Part 4 of 5)

GeriJoy virtual pet

Hands-on review of the GeriJoy virtual pet and care companion

We tried the GeriJoy Companion so we could share our real-life experience and opinions with you. If you’re considering this product for your older adult, this 5 part hands-on review lets you know what to expect.

Get a product overview and review summary in The GeriJoy Companion (Part 1). Find out how we ordered and got set up in Getting Started (Part 2). To see it in action, check out May’s Experience (Part 3). Find out who we’d recommend it to and learn about future improvements in Our Final Verdict (Part 5).

 

The Family Portal is for family caregivers

For the family, there’s a secure website called the Family Portal that’s included with the GeriJoy Companion. The Family Portal is where you view short summaries about what’s happened during your older adult’s day. It’s also where you upload photos, family updates, and information about your older adult.

gerijoy companionThis is the main Family Portal page

 

Companion Log

The GeriJoy Helpers, real people who control the virtual pet’s speech via Internet, typically check on your older adult 4 times an hour. If nothing is happening, they usually don’t write any log entries. But when conversations happen or they see something worth noting, they’ll write about it. May is our 100 year old tester. Take a look at her Companion Log below.

gerijoy companion companion logMay’s companion log with names blocked for privacy

 

Personalize with your older adult’s information

The Edit Profile section is where you keep your contact info, information about your older adult’s health condition, and their daily routine up to date. It’s also where you add suggested conversation topics, important notes for the Helpers, or special requests. Examples are provided so you know what type of info fits best in each section.

We were happy to see that the Helpers really did read the information we provided about May. They used it to ask her about her favorite subjects and get her engaged in conversation. In our Profile, we saw that the Helpers even added their own notes about which conversation topics worked best.

gerijoy companion edit profileThe top part of the Edit Profile page

 

Special requests

Special requests are important for concerned family caregivers. You can ask GeriJoy Helpers to notify you by email or phone if certain things happen with your older adult.

For example, the Helper has reminded your older adult to take their daily medication, but perhaps they just wouldn’t take it. You could ask the Helpers to call or email you if your older adult misses a dose of medicine.

You could also let the Helpers know if other things, like eating lunch on time, are important to note in the Companion Log. This is where GeriJoy can give you extra peace of mind when you can’t be with your older adult in person.

 

Edit Photos

In the main Family Portal page, the photos you’ve uploaded will show up in the Edit Photos section. Click on a photo to open the editing area. Here you can add a description that helps the GeriJoy Helper chat with your older adult about the photo.

For example, you could write “This is the time we went to your 5 year old granddaughter’s piano recital. She played so well and was very proud of herself. We all went to have ice cream afterwards.”

May really loved seeing the photos we uploaded of her great-granddaughter and talking about how cute and fun she is. She also enjoyed the photos from her recent birthday celebration.

gerijoy companion edit photosThe area where you can add descriptions or delete the photo

 

Next Step  Find out who we’d recommend this to and learn about upcoming improvements in Part 5

 

Start at the beginning of this 5 part review with The GeriJoy Companion (Part 1). Find out how we ordered and got set up in Getting Started (Part 2). To see it in action, check out May’s Experience (Part 3). Find out who we’d recommend this to and learn about future improvements in Our Final Verdict (Part 5).

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
Image: GeriJoy

Disclaimer: The product was loaned to us for the duration of this review. DailyCaring was not compensated and all opinions are based on our honest experiences. This is how we make money.

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