PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) -- Over a hundred local long-term care facilities will get new equipment to help families visit with loved ones receiving long term care.
Multiple development districts across north Mississippi, including the three rivers planning and development district in Pontotoc, plan to distribute chrome books to long-term care facilities before the holidays.
"We know 2020 been a rough year for contact, especially our aging population," said Willaimson.
Mark Williamson, Director of the Area on Aging Program at Three Rivers, said with the new Chrome Books, families can speak to their loved one in a long-term care facility safely.
"We think about those who don't have access to these smart devices and some of our aging population, they're not tech-savvy," said Williamson.
Williamson said by distributing Chrome Books to all licensed long-term care facilities in north Mississippi, nursing home staff can set up zooms calls with residents and their families.
"Everybody wants to go home for the holidays, so we can bring Christmas to the family members and their loved ones in these facilities," said Williamson.
With coronavirus cases rising in the state, in-person meetings are not as safe.
"They are human beings and human beings need interaction. We need contact and communication so hopefully, these devices will do that for us," Williamson added.
He said he hopes this allows families to spend the holidays together.