Elkhorn, NE: The Versatility of the iN2L System at Brookestone Meadows in Enhancing Quality of Life

Saturday mornings at Brookestone Meadows have our residents excited weekend after weekend. Saturdays mean Bingo! Although the event starts at 10:00 a.m., we have residents arriving over a half hour before it starts to pick their cards, find a place, and socialize. The Bingo event and its successes would not be possible without our iN2L computer. The programmed game is displayed on a large TV that then calls the numbers. The iN2L bingo caller speaks in a low voice making it easier for our residents to hear; the system displays the numbers large enough to be seen across the room. This duo of adaptations on the iN2L makes it easier for our residents to make sure they got their numbers and can yell out “Bingo!” when they fill in a line. As our resident’s leave bingo and head to lunch, one thing is certain, there is excitement to meet back in one week for another round of Bingo!

At the end of life there can be health aliments that restrict quality of life: the inability to live independently, take care of oneself, do favored activities, go where one would like to go. These circumstances can create feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and loneliness. Vetter Health Services shines in excellence because it strives to provide quality care and dignity in life, to fight against the challenges that end of life care can bring. In the midst of this mission, the iN2L is used at Brookestone Meadows to give residents enriching activities, so negative emotions can change to positives emotions and feelings of hope can be felt.

Within the Brookestone Meadows community a number of residents cling to their faith for strength. One such resident has not let her condition, or the fact that she can no longer travel to her church, prevent her from seeing her church service every Sunday. Each Sunday the iN2L is placed in the room for her to stream the service and be a part of the experience with her fellow parishioners.

The iN2L plays important role in the residents’ daily lives. For one resident in particular, it helps her to still be able to enjoy some of her favorite pastimes with an individualized twist. Our team uses the iN2L to show her baby animal pictures and she is fond of watching animal movies. She also loves watching birds, this is also something she does on the iN2L. Jane will point out the different colors and bird names as she watches the birds on the iN2L.

Jane finds delight in singing; it is one of her favorite past times. The team uses the iN2L to play older church hymns that she would have sung when she was younger. She uses a binder with the song lyrics to sing along. Jane can typically get other residents to join her in singing so the whole hall rings!

The iN2L, for Jane, has improved her quality of life by giving her the opportunity to still be able to take pleasure in some of her past times. It also lifts team member spirits by giving them the opportunity to laugh and sing along.

Quality Life:  We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity and safety, while encouraging personal independence.

Submitted By:

Samantha Rezac and Lane Richert, Life Enrichment Assistants

Brookestone Meadows, Elkhorn NE