Donations keep Joan Pinder residents connected

RESIDENTS at the Joan Pinder Nursing Home can now access the internet in their rooms, thanks to a recent donation by a Bendigo Health auxiliary.

The Joan Pinder Nursing Home Auxiliary recently donated three Samsung tablets and a weighing machine.

The tablets will allow residents to access the internet in their rooms, play various games that improve and maintain motor skills, and play movies and music.

Residential Services nursing director Marlene Connaughton said the tablets would help residents stay connected to the community, especially their families.

“It is wonderful to see our elderly interested in new technology,” she said. “Many times our residents remember parts of an old song they would like to hear and now we are able to use sites such as YouTube to listen to those songs.

“There are so many possibilities for our residents – among those is the possibility of introducing Skype, which will allow residents to speak to family and friends who live long distances away and are unable to visit often.

“The new weigh machine allows staff to clinically monitor the weight of residents who have difficulty with mobility and will support our staff in easily identifying any changes.

“We cannot thank the Joan Pinder Nursing Home Auxiliary enough.”

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