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Orillia Rotary Club donates tablets to help seniors stay connected

The club delivered tablets to several local seniors' homes to ensure residents have a way to connect with family and friends during the pandemic

The Rotary Club of Orillia wanted to do something during COVID-19 which would help keep people connected.

“For seniors, isolation during this pandemic can be quite frustrating,” said Orillia Rotarian Michel Rousseau.

He noted many do not have computers or phones capable of connecting with their families and loved ones.

So, the Rotary Club stepped in. Tablets were delivered to Spencer House, Atrium Retirement Residence, Tudhope Manor, Leacock Retirement Home, Sundial Lakeview Orillia Retirement Home, Oak Terrace Longterm Care Home and Birchmere Retirement Residence.

Sarah Galbraith of Spencer House said that “staff would deliver the tablet to chosen seniors within the home who did not have other forms of communication and leave it with them for several days.”

The tablet would then continue to be circulated to others in the home.

Other recipients said that it would be used as a central tablet, like a library, and seniors could use it daily by signing up for the use.

Rotary was thrilled that the reception was so great. The homes saw a real need for these additional resources.



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