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featured in The Marietta Journal
March 31, 2017

“Grant funds new technology at Marietta nursing home”

Thanks to a grant awarded by the Thanks Mom & Dad Fund, residents at the A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab nonprofit nursing home in Marietta have access to technology designed to enhance their social connections, intellectual stimulation, physical engagement, spiritual connections, emotional support and vocational interests.

The digital-technology system funded at A.G. Rhodes is called the Adaptive Computer System. It is designed by the It’s Never 2 Late Company.integrates hardware, software, media and various components necessary to allow virtually any person with any interest in using a computer — regardless of background, physical or intellectual abilities — to do so pleasurably, engagingly and without frustration. From using e-mail and web cams to connect with family and friends, to enjoying mind stimulating activities, to improving hand-eye coordination as part of a rehabilitation program, patients and residents with a wide range of physical and cognitive abilities, most of whom don’t use computers, can now enjoy technology using this system adapted especially for them. The system contains a content library that supports core dimensions of wellness and has more than 3,000 applications that can be used in group or individual settings.

A.G. Rhodes is one of 11 nonprofit organizations in Georgia to receive a grant from the Thanks Mom & Dad Fund, which awards funding to fill service gaps and provide aid for vulnerable older Georgians. “The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund is pleased to make grants that address significant unmet needs and make a tremendous difference for older adults and caregivers,” said Maureen Kelly, president of the fund. “We remain committed to identifying and filling service gaps across the state.” “Technology is an important tool that can enhance resident quality of life,” said Angela Daugherty, administrator of the A.G. Rhodes home in Marietta. “We are grateful for this grant which supports our efforts to deliver person directed and innovative care to approximately 370 Cobb County seniors each year.”

For more information, visit www.AGRhodes.com

photo:  Sonya Williams, recreational therapist, and resident Farris Roach use the Adaptive Computer System during one-on-one time at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab in Marietta. / Special to the MDJ-Mary Newton