(Sudbury) March 14, 2016
In March, four Apple I-Pads were introduced into recreational programming at each site to augment the existing cognitive, physical and emotional programming. Residents are not only learning about the internet and the new world of “tablets” they are also taking advantage of the multitude of educational and intellectual “apps” available that promotes brain health and emotional well-being.
“The Life Enrichment Department has always provided a wide variety of social and physical activities designed to entertain residents, maintain social skills as well as improve the physical health and functional abilities of those admitted to long-term care.” stated Ms. Palkovits, Administrator of St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa. Introducing the I-Pads has allowed residents to take advantage of the ease of current technology and enabled recreation staff to focus on increasing cognitive programming beyond crossword puzzles, word finds and bingo. Residents now have access to math and spelling applications, memory and recall games, both visual and audio. Sensory applications and specialized trivia games for residents with dementia such as “Best Guess” created by DementiAbility are also available and in use. Besides the numerous cognitive applications available, physical apps such as chair yoga and Tai chi for seniors are also accessible if a resident wanted to complete an individual routine outside of a large group program. Along with the I-Pod program, the I-Pads are similarly used for personalized music programs, providing residents with personalized playlists of their favorite music that offers a visual component as well.
The portability of the I-Pads has enabled Life Enrichment staff to not only increase bedside programs for residents who do not enjoy attending group programs, but more importantly, improve their quality of life with so many unique apps that can appeal to each resident’s distinct interests and past hobbies. The Villas are grateful to family members who made donations in order for this program to happen.