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Cornerstone Hospice enlists iPads to help patients connect, be entertained(October 07, 2013)
Tavares, Fla., Oct. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Patients and their families receiving care in Cornerstone Hospice and
Palliative Care's hospice houses and partner facilities
can now connect instantly with loved ones far away.
Using new iPads, the Cornerstone patients and their families are
able to use Apple's FaceTime video chat application to talk to and
see loved ones who cannot be bedside. Additionally, they have
access to a growing number of applications that allow for
downloading books, streaming music, playing games, and much
The new iPads, called "iPops" are outfitted on a lightweight
stand that can be moved easily throughout a patient's room or to
another location in the hospice house. A wireless internet network
enables quick access to online applications.
"Our hospice care team has even used the iPads to allow a man in
our care to communicate with his wife who is in a nursing home and
unable to visit him," said Derenda "D.J." Hamilton, Cornerstone's
IT Director. "Since introducing the iPads, our nursing staff has
identified even more ways to use the devices because the technology
is easy-to-use and applications are diverse."
A $10,000 grant from the J.
Milton Hoffa and Nellie E. Hoffa Memorial Foundation provided
the initial funding for Cornerstone to purchase iPads to replace
outdated PCOW's (personal computer on wheels) that were introduced
to the hospice houses in 2004. Sprint helped set up the iPads and
facilitated initial training.
"Most people are familiar with these newer devices already and
they're much simpler to use," said Kim Carter, volunteer specialist
at the Lane Purcell Hospice House in Sumterville. "It only takes a
minute for our staff to help a patient or family member get set up.
Our job is to improve the quality of life for our patients and
Additionally, Hamilton says the iPads are ideal because they can
easily be "wiped clean," or memory from previous users erased, and
the device restored to as-new with all of the music, games and apps
in place for when a new patient moves into a hospice house
Each "iPop" costs approximately $1,000 and Cornerstone Hospice
hopes to ultimately have one device in each of the 46 rooms in the
hospice houses and in partner facility Winter Park Towers.
Additionally, Sprint is working with D. J. Hamilton to further
enhance Cornerstone's care for its patients.
About Cornerstone Hospice
Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., a not-for-profit,
community organization since 1984, provides comfort and care to
Central Florida families experiencing life-limiting illnesses. Over
5,000 people in Lake, Sumter, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Hardee and
Highlands counties benefit from Cornerstone programs each year.
Enhanced patient and family care is made possible through the
generous support of individuals and groups. For more
information, to donate, or to volunteer, call 888-728-6234 or visit
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