Senior-focused computer systems a quick hit at Jewish Home Family
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Senior-focused computer systems a quick hit at Jewish Home Family

A JHR resident reminisces about his childhood neighborhood while viewing it with JHR recreation leader Daisy Tantay using one of the iN2L units she brought to his room. (Jewish Home Family)
A JHR resident reminisces about his childhood neighborhood while viewing it with JHR recreation leader Daisy Tantay using one of the iN2L units she brought to his room. (Jewish Home Family)

The Jewish Home Family has introduced iN2L (It’s Never 2 Late) computer units in its facilities and programs after receiving four of them as gifts from the Josephine Sanders Designated Fund of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.

The units at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Gallen Day Center, Jewish Home Assisted Living, and Assisted Living’s Memory Lane feature innovative touchscreen technology designed especially for older adults.

“With the iN2L, we can facilitate activities that are cognitively stimulating, physically engaging, entertaining, and much more,” said Jewish Home Family President and CEO Carol Silver Elliott. “From live webcams in places like the San Diego Zoo to flight simulator programs, from trivia and history to wellness activities, we have really put these to good use in the first weeks that we’ve had them.”

Ms. Elliott said that within days of receiving and training staff to use the units, “one of our Memory Lane staff called Lauren Levant, Assisted Living executive director, and told her that she was working with residents and the iN2L, that her shift was over but that the residents didn’t want her to stop. That’s the kind of impact this program is having in its earliest days and weeks. Imagine what more we can do with it.”

The iN2L units are completely mobile and can be brought to residents’ rooms or used with large groups. The unit is on a specialized cart that can be adjusted to any height and angle so someone who is bedbound can still participate.

The units have more than 3,000 apps and content items, including old movies, music, games, puzzles, trivia, spiritual programs, and wellness exercises. The company pushes regular updates to the units, further expanding and diversifying their library.

“Our Endowment Foundation, the endowment and planned giving division of federation, provide special opportunities for funding innovative, creative, and visionary project,” Jason Shames, the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, said. “I believe the iN2L computer units meet all three criteria. I’m thrilled that that an endowment created 30 years ago by the late Josephine Sanders is having such a positive impact today.”

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