Autumn Hills resident Marjorie Woods celebrates her 100th birthday with friends and family via Zoom on one of the iPads donated by UITS, with assistance from Autumn Hills staffer HD Smith. (Courtesy photo)
Autumn Hills resident Marjorie Woods celebrates her 100th birthday with friends and family via Zoom on one of the iPads donated by UITS, with assistance from Autumn Hills staffer HD Smith. (Courtesy photo)
Nursing home visits are still restricted throughout the state of Indiana due to COVID-19, but Indiana University’s technology services department is helping seniors maintain the ability to still see and talk to their loved ones through a donation of iPads.

University Information Technology Services donated sanitized iPads to multiple local senior centers and IU Health Bloomington Hospital, hoping they could put them to use since the university no longer could.

The donation came after UITS went through their inventory of IU equipment and found iPads that had limited function but were still capable of videoconferencing. UITS made a handful of iPads available last month, and the senior centers are already seeing the positive impact its played in their day-to-day lives due to applications like FaceTime and Zoom.

Autumn Hills Assisted Living started using the iPad to help with its SMILE program, which records the patient’s attendance and activities for families to stay up to date on how they’re doing.

“Prior to IU donating the iPads, we only had half-size iPads and our phones, so the patients couldn’t really see the image on the screen because it was so small,” said Jacqueline Routt, Autumn Hills Assisted Living Administrator. “It’s helped them to see their loved ones a little bit more clearly.”
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