Skype for seniors debuts at Laurels

WELLSBORO – Helen Antrim’s daughter may be more than 2,600 miles away, but thanks to Skype, Antrim can have a live conversation with her as though she was sitting across from her.

Skype is a software application that allows people to make video or voice calls using a computer, and it is helping residents at The Laurels in Wellsboro keep in touch with family living across the country.

Over the past two months, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital’s Information Technology department implemented Wi-Fi, free to all Laurels residents, and Skype; Antrim christened the program with a call on Dec. 6.

“It can be difficult when family and friends live far away, but Skype provides a unique way to connect with them quickly and easily, bringing families even closer for the holidays,” explained Deb Wivell, administrator of The Laurels. “Thanks to Skype, our residents are able to see their loved ones whenever they’d like, regardless of distance.”

The Laurels Personal Care Home blends the services and security of traditional residential life with the pride and privacy of living in a personal apartment.

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