The Virtual “Care” Project is sponsored by Swan City Rotary Club through The Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society (GPPCS).
In 2018, with support of Swan City Rotary, we created Virtual “Care” and our smart device loaner program which include the loan of iPads, tablets, smartphones, Google Nest Hubs, and Alexas to individuals with a life limiting illness and shut-in seniors. Our goal was to add another level of connection for isolated individuals needing to rely on modern technology to stay in touch with loved ones, their care team (doctor, specialists, pharmacy, therapies, etc), and their community.
All devices have a direct link to our staff and volunteers allowing individuals access to resources as needed, their own Nav-Care Volunteer, and one to one training/IT support as needed.
Carefully selected resources with serious illness in mind are pre-loaded on each smart device including Advanced Care Planning, Critical Illness Planning, Starting Difficult Conversations, Plan Well Guide, Give-A-Mile Flights, Virtues Cards, Healthy Mourning, Suicide Prevention, Alzheimer Society, ASANT Café, Seniors Best Life, Canadian Mental Health, Chamber of Commerce, allow individuals and families access to what they need when they need it.
These devices also allow access to what we call “Legacy Photos”. Photos and videos taken on the device will automatically upload to a private account only accessible by the individual user and family they choose to enjoy, review at leisure, and keep indefinitely.
Returned devices are factory reset and reload for the next individual and their family to use and enjoy.
Volunteers and staff are always available if clients or families are in need of assistance or training using these devices.