Over the past few years many nursing facilities have added computer stations for resident use. But are they being used or are the computers just sitting there collecting dust? So many residents can potentially benefit from the computer use - email, playing games, typing letters, viewing family pictures - the list is virtually endless.
Too often when I ask LTC staff why the computer stations aren't being utilized I get this response, 'the residents don't know how to use it'. But when I question the staff about whether there are residents who could enjoy various aspects of computer use, they can always give a name of someone. So my challenge to long-term care communities today is to choose one resident at a time and help get the resident using the computer.
Ways to start -
The facility has made an investment, now, put it to good use. Have the activities department start a small group where residents can either share information that they've learned or things that they would like to learn. Encourage resident-to-resident conversations during meals about what they've discovered. Remind the staff to help foster giving your residents a purpose and a project.
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