St. Luke's seeking tablet donations to help patients connect with loved ones

Updated: April 17, 2020 06:43 PM

St. Luke's is asking for tablet donations to help patients connect with their loved ones during visitor restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Luke's staff said they have noted a need for this, especially with many of their elderly patients who have older phones or are too sick to operate a tablet.

"Being able to connect with your family and your loved ones at the time when you need them most is really important," said Catherine Carter Huber, the executive director of St. Luke's Foundation.

Nurses and doctors would help patients connect with their families. This also allows the families to see their loved ones virtually and check on their health status.

IT techs would help with cleaning the tablets and setting them up so they're ready for use and distribution. St. Luke's staff said not having visitors at the hospital has been a challenging adjustment for patients and their families and said this would be a huge help.

"There is nothing better than having your loved one with you but this is the next best thing so at least you can see and hear and communicate with your loved one. It makes a tremendous difference and we see that with our patients who are using them," said Carter Huber.

Their goal is to have enough for all their patients so that the tablets wouldn’t need to be signed out and could be quickly accessed.

"We want to make sure that we're doing everything for our patients to help them heal and being in touch with their families is an important part of that so the iPad or tablets that we have are a wonderful way to do that," said Carter Huber. "Having somebody at their bedside from the hospital being able to help connect them is a very powerful experience."

Donation of tablets can be dropped on the first floor of the St. Luke's Foundation office or at Building A at the security desk, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Make sure the tablet is functional and comes with a charger. If you don't have a tablet but would like to help with this cause, you can donate to the St. Luke's Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund online.

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