Residential care: Webcams link care homes in US and UK
21 January 2014 Last updated at 07:58 GMT
Elderly residents in care with too little to do could find that boredom and lack of activity have a profound effect on their mental wellbeing.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, NICE, wants to improve life inside care homes and has published new guidelines to try to make life better for older people in care.
Jenny Hill visits one care home where a group of residents have used a webcam to form friendships with women on the other side of the world.