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From Scotland to Canada: distance is no barrier

Keeping in touch with loved ones is important no matter the distance.

At Whitefield Lodge Care Home in Glasgow, the home started a Skype initiative to help residents and relatives stay in touch.

Angela Martin, Home Manager, explained: “Students from the local secondary school came in and taught our residents and relatives how to use Skype. Since then nothing has stopped them catching up with loved ones near and far. This initiative has helped to make a difference to our residents’ lives.”

One family in particular have benefited enormously from the Skype initiative, the Bryce family.

“John’s wife is a resident in our dementia unity,” said Angela Martin. “Their daughter Irene lives in Canada so Skype is the perfect platform for them to talk to each other on a regular basis.”

John Bryce, said: “It’s great that we can talk to Irene so regularly. With the internet there is definitely no problem with distance. My wife sang happy birthday to Irene which really made her day. I can’t express how much Skype has had such a positive impact on the family.”

John’s daughter Irene, told us: “It’s great that I can see mum on the screen. I moved to Canada a long time ago, and although I’m able to speak to my parents on the phone, it’s the little things you start to forget. So like I say being able to see her face is fantastic.”

From Scotland to Canada Distance No Barrier from Marie on Vimeo.

Date published: 15 September 2017

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