Kahl Home receives grant for senior computer activity


DAVENPORT — Through a $20,000 grant received from the Scott County Regional Authority, elderly residents at the Kahl Home will now have improved access to digital programming materials with the purchase of three new “It’s Never 2 Late” adaptive computer systems. A touch screen update for a fourth machine also was purchased.
The addition of the new machines gives the Kahl Home a total of seven devices, which include thousands of activities such as games, therapy programs, reminiscing resources, a special music therapy program and virtual travel.
“We first implemented this technology five years ago and have really seen this tool increase our ability to provide person-centered care,” said Denise Reed, life enrichment director at the Kahl Home. “This system can be customized to each individual’s life experiences and personal interests.”
The technology makes it possible for residents to play along with game shows like Wheel of Fortune or Family Feud, or “visit” a casino or horse track. A travel function allows for panoramic views of areas ranging from Bu­sch Gardens to Paris, and live webcams show people (or animals in the case of Busch Gardens) in real time. Physical therapy programs can also be accessed to help increase mobility and motor skills.
“I am 96 years old and I never thought I would still be learning new things, but I am, thanks to the computer,” said resident Ann Sexton. “I have limited upper-arm mobility and traditional exercise class is frustrating to me, but I can do my upper-arm exercise while playing my favorite computer game Chicktionary. The computer is a touch screen and the therapy girls set the screen at a height that makes me reach up and out.”
It’s Never 2 Late (IN2L) is delivered on a 23-inch touch screen that can be used with a large projector screen for group programming. The programming content is updated bi-monthly to stay current. Skype and individual resident emails are also part of the package.
In one community application of the technology, the Kahl Home has partnered with St. Ambrose University and Assumption High School to have students come in and work with Kahl Home residents to create personalized life stories. The residents and their families provide information and photos that are used to create the life stories which are then downloaded into the IN2L system.

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