The stories speak for themselves
by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager
A while back I shared a few stories from our social workers who have been successfully connecting with dementia patients by using applications they’ve downloaded onto their iPads. These patients, normally unresponsive, have surprised the social workers and especially their family members by interacting and showing interest in what the iPad apps have to offer. Here are a few more stories to warm your heart.
I used my iPad to pull up the main street of East Aurora, NY for a resident in memory care. He was born there and had a big smile as he watched the video. For another resident, I used my iPad to pull up a video of New York City taxi cabs because he told me that’s how he used to get around when he lived there. He laughed at the video saying, “That’s how they drive! Nothing like New York City!”
I have an elderly female patient who has significant cognitive and communication deficits. She sleeps over 20 hours a day and is lethargic when awake. She used to play the piano and organ at her church, but she has a hearing deficit now so playing music is not very beneficial. But when I open the Tiny Piano application on my iPad, she becomes awake and animated. She touches the keys with her usually unused hands; playing this small piano brings her such joy as evidenced by the nonstop smile on her face. But she’s also getting range of motion to her hands and fingers, which is an added benefit.
It is so gratifying to be able to touch the lives of these patients and to watch the excited faces of their loved ones as they observe the interaction. We relish these opportunities to restore quality of life to patients. Most of them don’t have the ability to tell us how much they enjoy these visits from our social workers, but their faces (and these stories) do it for them.awareness, dementia, hospice comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.