In Anaheim, California, residents of an assisted-living facility known as The Academy are finding comfort and connection with the help of an innovative piece of technology. The Academy is utilizing the ihug Friendship Lamp, a device that allows far-apart friends and family members to stay connected and share their love in a unique way.
The ihug Friendship Lamp is an interactive, Wi-Fi-enabled lamp that connects two people, no matter how far apart they may be. The lamp works by allowing each person to tap their lamp, and the other person’s lamp will light up with the same color. This allows the recipient to know that the sender is thinking of them and sending them love from afar.
The Academy has been using the ihug Friendship Lamp to help its residents feel connected to their friends and family, especially during the pandemic when many are unable to have visitors. The Academy’s activities director, Maria, works with families to get the lamps set up, and has seen the positive impact they can make on the residents. “When the lamp lights up, you can see the joy on their faces,” she said. “It’s like they have a little piece of their loved ones with them.”
The ihug Friendship Lamp has been especially helpful for those in The Academy who have dementia or Alzheimer’s, as the lights help to evoke positive memories and emotions. The Academy has even partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide the lamps to residents free of charge.
The ihug Friendship Lamp has proven to be a wonderful tool for The Academy residents, and a great way to stay connected with those they care about. It’s a simple but powerful way to remind everyone that they are loved and remembered, no matter how far apart they may be.
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