All Care Hospice uses iPads to assist patients

Posted Jan. 27, 2014 @ 1:35 pm Wicked Local Marblehead Marblehead, Mass. Walk into a room where an All Care Hospice social worker is caring for a patient with dementia, and you might see something unusual: The two may be viewing 'I Love Lucy' reruns, taking a tour behind the scenes of Fenway Park, laughing along with giggling babies on YouTube, listening to Frank Sinatra songs or even playing piano or bowling '” all on an iPad. 'Our social workers and chaplains are an amazingly creative group of people who have been doing things like this with patients for many years, but now they can do it with one device,' explained Trish Crean, bereavement coordinator. 'The new iPad Program is a way to make caring for patients more individualized and meaningful for each patient. The iPad serves multiple roles in achieving this goal.' To begin with, the iPad enables staff to gather extensive information from the patient or family members, not only on a patient's background and family, but, Crean said, 'also on places they have traveled, former occupations, favorite music, TV shows and sports, past hobbies, and so much more. All this ties into how we interact with the patient.' Armed with such extensive information on a patient who may no longer be engaging well with others, the staff can 'breakthrough to the patient,' she said. 'Once we learn what they love, we can locate and access so many activities that are meaningful to them,' Crean said. 'It's the little things that promote laughter and connection. Anyone in any stage of life has the potential to respond to...