Breaking down the walls of isolation

Bowman said the technology has increased the resident's ability to socialize outside the home.

{Q}"She's glowing because she can see her family," Bowman said.{Q}

At the Athenaeum one camera is centrally located, but it's connected to a laptop that residents can then take into their individual rooms for privacy.

"Right now we've got the one centrally located, but we're in the process of buying them and giving them to the families," Bowman said.

The cameras are free to the family members who need them.

"They get to see things they just aren't going to see," Dobbins said, like watching grandchildren getting ready for trick-or-treating on Halloween, opening presents on Christmas morning and leaving for their first day of school.

The Athenaeum is part of a network of homes under the Peregrine Health Management Company, which has 18 facilities in seven states.

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