County seeking donations of smart TVs and tablets to help long-term care residents stay connected

Old MP3 players or radios also gladly accepted

The County of Simcoe is looking for some high-tech donations as it works to keep residents of its long-term care homes connected.

To assist with the changing way programming and communications are provided to residents of county-run long-term care homes, officials are seeking donations of smart TVs and tablets. A year ago, community groups and volunteers would have gone into homes to provide various services such as entertainment, spiritual programming, and social interaction. With enhanced safety measures in place, facility staff have gone digital to continue these services, and require new technology to do so.

“With the enhancements in technology, SMART TVs and tablets allow residents to engage with the world beyond our doors,” said Jane Sinclair, General Manager, Health and Emergency Services. “By using video chat applications like Skype and FaceTime, residents can see and speak with a family member across the world or a friend in the next room. They can also read the news, watch movies, or enjoy games, or take part in spiritual services, and volunteer programs from the comfort and safety of their own rooms, helping to keep them connected even when we can’t all be together.”

For more information or to make a donation, please contact the home directly:

  • Christina Thorpe, Georgian Manor, Penetanguishene, 705-549-3166
  • Rosa Athanassoulis, Simcoe Manor, Beeton, 905-729-2267
  • Jenn Baulke, Sunset Manor, Collingwood, 705-445-4499
  • Crystal Rosewell, Trillium Manor, Orillia, 705-325-1504

These homes will also gladly accept radios with AM/FM or old MP3 players that can be used as part of their Mind and Melody program.