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Rieaya: New Mobile Application for the Elderly Care Services at Home during the Covid19 Pandemic in Saudi Arabia


Mona Alzuwaid† and Hajer Brahim


Vol. 22  No. 4  pp. 663-670


The number of elderly people (65 years and over) is constantly increasing in the world. It is expected to exceed one billion by 2050. Due to this augmentation, issues related to the elderly (e.g., social isolation, loneliness, malnutrition, the difficulty of performing daily tasks forgetfulness, depression, etc.) have been given great attention in the last decades. With the COVID-19 pandemic resulting from severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the situation of elderly people has worsened in all countries. These persons become more exposed to the risk of suffering from severe illness if attacked by the virus. In this context and to limit the spread of the CORONA virus and protect this class of people from the bad effects of this new disease, Saudi Arabia took many measures and restrictions. We introduce, in the present work a healthcare application implemented in smartphones. This application uses a platform to provide digital solutions to help the elderly overcome social isolation, malnutrition and loneliness during the COVID-19 epidemic. We also develop a suitable action plan for the disabled elderly to perform their daily tasks such as medication appointments and psychological counseling.


Elderly care, Mobile application, COVID-19