The Florida Assisted Living Association (FALA) and Sunshine Health have launched the Isolation Reduction Project to help decrease the feelings of stress and sadness that may be the result of social isolation.
The FALA received a grant from Sunshine Health to provide tablets to dozens of long-term care facilities across the state in order to help reduce the social isolation of residents, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project aims to decrease the side effects, such as anxiety or depression and the use of anxiety medication.
More than 50 assisted living facilities and adult family care homes were chosen to participate in the program.
Ten-inch tablets were distributed to each of the select communities, and residents can use the tablets to communicate with family members via online platforms such as IMO, WhatsApp and Zoom. Residents also can access email and online games.
The following communities, within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, are participating in the Isolation Reduction Project:
- Hillsborough County: Delince, Natacha – Adult Family Care Home; Stone Ledge Manor; Von’s Adult Family Care Home; and Weinberg Village Assisted Living Facility
- Pasco County: Harrell, Terry – Adult Family Care Home; Rosecastle of Zephyrhills; Sunshine Christian Homes; and Trinity Place Assisted Living.