Hi-Tech With Heart
Home support clients will soon be able to harness the power of the internet to browse familiar places, listen to music, participate in activities and access stories and information from around the world.
This project is made possible with the support of TELUS. We approached the TELUS Community Grants Program for funding and they truly believed in our vision to provide enjoyable, stimulating and meaningful respite care at home. TELUS then presented a cheque to the Northwood Foundation. Their support will allow us to connect smart tablets to our mobile technology network so our respite clients can access Skype, social media and other digital tools to connect with friends and loved ones.
The Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) has also partnered with us on this project. Experienced Northwood staff will mentor Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) students from NSCC to carry out the program and provide exposure to a person-centred model of care. When these students move on to the workplace, the impact of the skills our Northwood staff mentors pass on to these students will have a ripple affect felt for generations to come.
From all corners of the organization, this project has drawn upon skills and resources we already have and encouraged us to focus on finding a way to provide meaningful engagement with an emphasis on a person-centred model of care. This is another example of Northwood living its values every day. The project is in the development phase and we hope to have tablets in our home support clients’ hands in the new year.