Engaging new technology impacting lives of seniors in Niagara

​Interactive tool ABBY engaging families in Region’s long-term care homes

Recently, Gilmore Lodge and Woodlands of Sunset long-term care homes installed a new piece of technology called ABBY. Described as an interactive approach to managing behaviours and engaging residents, the success of this technology inspired Gilmore Lodge to purchase a second unit.

Through donations from the Friends of Gilmore volunteers, a second interactive unit was unveiled this November. This new technology has been vital in engaging families in meaningful visits, improving the quality of life at our homes and fostering innovation at these facilities.

ABBY allows residents living with dementia to access and interact with personalized experiences, memories and activities. Featuring an interactive touch screen and activities that use switches and knobs, residents are presented with experiences that trigger fond memories and allow for improved family visits. The impact of ABBY on our resident and family quality of life is reflected in the testimonials staff receive at the homes.

Quotes

"We are thrilled to have the ABBY board available to us during our visits...I can’t say enough about how this resource has impacted our visits each week. She comes alive when she hears her favourite music and we all get to enjoy her clapping and smiles."
~ Naomi Fletcher & Jasper O’Brien, family members of a Gilmour Lodge resident
"My husband takes pleasure in showing our family pictures on ABBY to visiting family and friends."
~ Eleanor Villeneuve, family member of a Gilmour Lodge resident
"ABBY is a way to enjoy old personal photos and music that my partner and I have enjoyed together."
~ Frank Kubena, family member of a Gilmour Lodge resident
"ABBY is wonderful. I love how personalized it can be. You can see the joy it brings seeing pictures of your friends and family."
~ Deanna, companion worker of Gilmore Lodge resident

Contact

Will Foran
Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3466
will.foran@niagararegion.ca


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