Image of a hospital volunteer and patient both using iPads in a hospital room

Mark (left) a Bridgepoint volunteer, and Paula (right) a patient, are part of a new program that gives patients the opportunity to learn how to use mobile technology.

A program created at Bridgepoint by the Patient and Family Resource Centre is giving patients the opportunity to learn how to use tablets, smartphones and other devices to find resources, information and communicate with family and friends.

“Technology helps patients  stay connected with their family and friends during their stay in the hospital.” says Bozenna Karczewska, the Coordinator at the Patient and Family Resource Centre and the lead of the program. “This program is wonderful in that it also allows patients to be engaged and learn in the company of knowledgeable volunteers.”

Paula is one patient who says she’s been enjoying the program. Paula had never used a tablet before but with guidance from Mark, a Bridgepoint volunteer, she’s now using the technology to keep up to date with her family, friends and her dogs on social media.

The iPad Program was launched with the support of two volunteers who provide hands-on-learning in the library or in patients’ rooms two days per week. The Therapeutic Recreation team has been a valued partner in promoting the program and spreading the word among patients and family members.  For more information, contact The Patient and Family Resource Centre 416-461-8252 ext. 2723.