Poland assisted living facility branches into new technology

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The Blackburn home in Poland is helping seniors get more connected with the addition of Wi-Fi to their facility.

The technology was made possible through a grant from PNC Bank.

Previously, residents found it difficult to stay in touch with friends and family but now can talk to them online face to face.

Director Michelle Rudge says it helps improve their daily activities. For some residents, this is the first time they’ve ever experienced this type of technology.

“It keeps our residents active and fun. Technology is here to stay and it is growing. I think in the next couple of years, all of our residents will be using some form of technology – not only in the activities but on an everyday spectrum,” Rudge said.

With the addition Wi-Fi, the facility can now be a leader in helping seniors in the Valley and making it an overall more enjoyable experience. Some use it for games, while others take advantage of it for books.

Before the grant, some found it difficult to keep in touch with their friends and family. Now, they can see them talk to them online. 

“I have a grandson and granddaughter in Columbus and the one had a new baby, so I get to see her,” said Mary Smidt, resident. 

The Blackburn Home staff has implemented the Wi-Fi in their daily activities as well.

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