I am relatively new to LTC and working with dementia and Parkinson's patients. I often have my smart phone with me and have used it a few times to show something to a resident. I think that what I've shown is completely appropriate (nothing I wouldn't want someone to show my own parents), but I've been thinking that there may be wisdom among the people here on the subject. For example, I think it's OK if you're showing one or two family photos (assuming you're not boring the resident and are using this to jog their side of the conversation), looking up a funny but G-rated YouTube, researching a point of discussion or examples of an artist's work or a composer's cannon, or a simple memory booster game (there's a great app called "marbles"). What do you think IS appropriate and where would you draw the line of caution. Is there too much danger that someone might think you're texting when you're supposed to be serving residents? IMO, it would, for example, be wrong to take pictures and obviously you shouldn't be doing personal business when watching patients, but as a caregiver, doesn't it seem like part of "lifelong learning" to introduce seniors in memory care (or just LTC) to new things? I'm interested to hear all thoughts on the topic. Thank you.
Oct 25, '11
Right now I am only working as a volunteer, so it's not an issue of employment rules for me, though I still want to do the right thing (and I realize I could simply ask, but it's amazing how dysfunctional the hierarchy seems to be, so I don't know if they care/ and/or would have a policy). Anyway, I think the replies about seniors finding the technology interesting goes to the point of my inquiry. If I'm there to stimulate them and if technology is a partial solution to that then maybe it has its place. I also 'admit' I've seen it bomb as one of the comments alluded to, where it just went over their head. However, the reason I asked is because I thought that maybe if we discussed it and shared a wide variety of perspectives that maybe we could throw a little light on the why's and when's of the times it does work. So, thanks for the replies so far and here's hoping for more to come!
Last edit by SeniorHomer on Oct 25, '11
: Reason: Typos