Virden & District Health Auxiliary recently applied for a grant to connect seniors in care homes and hospital patients with loved ones, digitally, and they have received a grant of $11,400.
Internet service with Wi-Fi technology and devices such as iPads are becoming a reality throughout Virden, Elkhorn and Reston facilities.
Initially, the Health Auxiliary was made aware that grant money was available for local needs. The Auxiliary made the application.
Glynis Danielson, President of the Auxiliary explained, “The Virden Area Foundation in cooperation with the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) established by the Government of Canada asked for applications from our area to provide projects which would benefit the local population made vulnerable by the COVID 19.”
The funding was presented to the facilities by the Auxiliary on Oct. 16. The grant of $11,400 is going to help five facilities:
Virden Health Centre has received $1,100 for an iPad and a Wi-Fi booster.
Reston Health Centre received $8,100 for the installation of Wi-Fi, an iPad plus a Wi-Fi booster
The Sherwood Home received $500 for a Wi-Fi booster.
Elkwood Manor received $600 for an iPad.
The West-Man Nursing Home received $1,100 for an iPad and a Wi-Fi booster.
“The Virden & District Health Auxiliary is very grateful to the Virden Area Foundation and the ECSF for their support and assistance in caring for our seniors in the community,” says Danielson.
These donations are in addition to a donation to Sherwood Home last week (story Oct. 16th edition).