Skype boon for home’s residents
Enliven’s Longview Home in Tawa is encouraging families separated by distance to stay connected with Skype.
Since Skype was introduced in September, a growing number of residents have made use of the technology.
‘‘Life is all about family, and there are quite a few residents with family overseas or out of Wellington,’’ Longview Home registered nurse Ruth Stormer said. ‘‘Skype is a good way for them to keep in touch and see each others’ faces.’’
The home’s first Skype session was between Longview resident Christina Pannett, her husband Bryan and their daughter Libby Pannett-Smith, who lives in England.
‘‘Christina has dementia so talking on the phone had become quite difficult. I wanted to find a way they could keep in touch."
Pannett-Smith said being able to Skype with her parents meant she could see for herself how they were doing.
‘‘It’s really hard being on the other side of the world whenMum isn’t well. Now she is unable to communicate verbally, so I’m reliant on staff for updates on her progress,’’ she said.
Longview Home administrator Teresa Cook said the home had had many Skype sessions in recent months.
Longview Home staff Teresa Cook and Ruth Stormer show off the new computer with Skype.