Nursing Home Residents Use Web-Cams to Talk to Long Distance Family Members

Residents at one nursing home will soon be able to see and talk to family members living across the country and around the world. The nursing and rehabilitation center has begun using Skype - an online program allowing people to talk to each other for free using video chat - to hold meetings between residents, family members and nursing home staff. "It's pretty exciting but a little mind boggling," said the home's activities director.

She said a notebook computer with a Web camera was purchased through the resident council, and the nursing home has set up a Skype account to begin using program.  The first resident at the facility to use Skype, communicating with her daughter in California, said "It helps to see her and talk to her."

One of the facility nursing directors said, "We try to meet so many needs of our patients, and this can help us in meeting the emotional and psychological needs," she said.  She also said it helps residents to receive emotional support from loved ones who cannot be physically present.

Once they get the program fully up and running and the kinks worked out, they hope to set up a schedule by which residents can communicate with their families who don't live in the area. They had hoped to have all interested residents using Skype by Mother's Day weekend, but are now shooting for Memorial Day weekend, she said.   For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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