Social connectivity, now more than ever, is so important. With the upticks in COVID-19, long-term residents at Hanover Hospital are allowed no visitors, group activities, or group meals and are completely limited on social interactions. This has had an effect on residents' mental health and overall well-being.
With the support from a community foundation grant, the hospital was able to purchase a TV, two iPads and two cases. These provide a visual communication tool for residents to Skype, Zoom or FaceTime with family members. “This has brought them so much joy in a time where they do not always understand what is occurring in the world around them,” said grantee Brittni Oehmke. “Being able to 'see' their family has helped boost their mood resulting in positive behavior and attitude changes.”