Mobile unit is a one-stop activity shop for Springdale residents

Touch2Play system has been ‘worth it’s weight in gold,’ says LEC

A mobile activity unit Springdale Country Manor acquired three months ago has gone a long way to help provide residents of the Peterborough County long-term care home with meaningful activities during a time when large-group programming is not available, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The home purchased the Touch2Play game and activity system in December, and since then it has proven to be “worth its weight in gold” for the hours of entertainment and one-to-one programming it brings residents, says Sonia Murney, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC).

The Touch2Play unit is on a cart and brought to residents in their rooms when they wish to use it. The system includes more than 70 games and puzzles for residents to enjoy, including word searches, connect-the-dots activities, memory activities, crosswords, chess, bowling and garden-building activities.

But the tried and proven favourite activities the unit offers are casino games, Sonia says.

“It doesn’t cost them to play but they want their money when they’re done,” Sonia chuckles. “I’ve seen residents win $200,000 or $300,000 and they think I’m going to cash them out.”

If a game or activity requires two participants, a life enrichment staff member will join in for a one-to-one activity, Sonia notes.

Residents have been eager to use the Touch2Play unit, Sonia says, adding that residents will often book times to use the system, which is carefully sanitized before and after each appointment.

Residents have also adapted quickly to the technology, Sonia adds.

“Once you show them how to do it, they can figure it out and they’re good to go,” she says.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Springdale Country Manor resident Shirley Sweeting is pictured here playing a casino game on the home’s Touch2Play. Shirley’s “big win” on the game was $350,497.