New ABBY Board Offers Exciting Possibilities

“Let’s Drive to Florida together”.  Such a simple phrase from the resident in these pictures, but for her, it was excitement.  The New ABBY Board Offers Exciting Possibilities to everyone who interacts with it.

In July, the Salem Home Residents on Maple received the gift of an ABBY Board in July.  This gift was made possible thanks to the Garden Valley Collegiate Youth in Philanthropy, Salem Ladies Auxiliary, and the Salem Foundation.  The support from the community is an encouragement to the Residents, their families, and Salem Home!

This will be the second ABBY Board for Salem Home.  The Salem Ladies Auxiliary purchased the first ABBY for Salem Home which was installed in 2019 as part of the DementiAbility program,(Click Here to see article) and has received very positive feedback from the residents and staff.  Salem Home is excited to be able to add another ABBY for more Residents to enjoy!

ABBY is a new ambient technology that is changing the lives of people with dementia in long-term care.  This is an excellent tool for improving residents’ behaviors, such as reducing agitation, anxiety and aggression.  It is a wall-mounted electronic display board designed to engage Residents through touchscreen activities, familiar tactile experiences (such as turning a wheel, flipping a switch) and a mix of images and media. Turning the steering wheel brings up images on a screen that looks like you are driving down a street.  It is possible to upload local images as well, which helps to trigger memories.  The Residents enjoy the variety of activities they are able to choose from.  One resident never had a driver’s license, and his favorite activity is “driving his vehicle.”

The Resident Care Manager for the Maple Unit, Kim Enns, is thankful for the ABBY board and for the additional opportunities it will provide to engage the Residents.

It is through the continued generosity of our community that we can provide Salem Home residents with the best possible lived experience.

To read the press articles click the links below

Pembina Valley Online 

Winker and Morden Voice – Page 9


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