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Four new Chromebooks were distributed to Yalobusha County Nursing Home by North Central Planning and Development District (NCPDD) staff last Wednesday. Funding for the computers was made possible through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Human Services’ Mississippi Access to Care (MAC) program.
“It is great our nursing homes and personal care homes will have the ability to allow the residents to keep in touch with their family and friends. Not only will they be used during the pandemic, but they will also be beneficial during the influenza season,” reported Darlena Allen, NCPDD Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Director explained.
Assisting Allen with the Chromebook distribution were AAA staff members Mary Smith and Ashley Silas. NCPDD Executive Director Steve Russell reported his agency collaborated with Three Rivers Planning and Development District in Pontotoc to implement this project.
Three Rivers MAC Division Director Bill Renick drew from the resources of MAC supplemental funding due to COVID-19 to explore innovative services through technology to allow nursing home and long-term care patients to communicate with family and friends and increase social engagement.
“We are delighted that we could work together with Three Rivers PDD to make it easier for care home residents in our seven counties to communicate with their families and friends. This is especially crucial during these challenging times,” Russell added.
“Once again, partnerships at the federal, state, and local levels will benefit care home residents,” reported Robert G. Anderson, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. Anderson also added that MDHS “is pleased to be part of the process of making the lives of residents more hopeful.”