Skype boon for home’s res­i­dents

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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.

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