Oct 09, 2023

Quality television can help you tend to the residents you care for

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More and more aged care residents are turning to subscription television, dispelling the misconception that they primarily rely on traditional free-to-air channels. [Source: Foxtel]

Are the residents you care for tired of watching basic free-to-air television all the time? Well, more older people are turning to subscription television for better quality entertainment and those living in residential aged care are no different.

As Australians age, the care and well-being of our older population have become increasingly vital. One aspect of their lives is the need for meaningful entertainment and stimulation. 

For many older people, television serves as a primary form of entertainment and education. It offers a connection to the outside world and an opportunity to remain engaged and informed.

Recent statistics highlight the importance of providing access to premium television for these residents, as it not only serves as a source of entertainment but also significantly impacts their overall quality of life.

You may already have noticed this statistic among your residents, but 73% of TV viewing among those over 80 during off-peak hours (2am – 5am) is subscription television – dispelling misconceptions that aged care residents primarily rely on traditional free-to-air channels. 

Instead, they are increasingly turning to subscription-based services such as Foxtel. 

In a recent survey of aged care residents who watch Foxtel, 84% said that not having access to it would impact their day-to-day lives. This figure speaks volumes about the emotional and psychological significance of premium television in their lives.

Providing aged care residents with access to premium television, such as Foxtel, should not be viewed as an extravagance but as a fundamental aspect of their well-being. 

Foxtel provides residents with plenty of TV shows, movies, live sports, documentaries and much more to suit every taste. With live programming available around the clock, as well as an on-demand library containing over 20,000 hours of movies and entertainment, residents can always find something to watch.

Getting older and moving into residential care can be daunting and television can help alleviate feelings of isolation, boredom, and depression associated with these factors. 

Tom Enright, National Manager for Health at Foxtel, said the service helps to keep residents informed, engaged and stimulated while helping to rekindle old memories.

“Many residents had Foxtel prior to moving to an aged care facility, so having Foxtel available to them now ensures they have continued access to an entertainment platform they’re familiar with and have enjoyed for so long,” he explained.

“Our Foxtel package contains a huge amount of channels that cover all genres and cater to every taste – whether it’s the old classics such as Murder, She Wrote and Hogan’s Heroes or documentaries that can help promote conversation with other residents.”

Help keep your residents engaged and informed with premium entertainment from Foxtel. Call 1300 659 466 or visit the Foxtel website here

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