Students making a difference
3 July 2013

Students making a difference

In 2012, students from St Francis Xavier Primary School in Frankston commenced a visiting program at Benetas St Paul’s Court in Frankston. Each fortnight a number of students would join the residents for one on one visits and bring their iPads.

The residents were fascinated by the various apps and programs that they were able to trial and use on their own or with the students. Much to the surprise of Benetas St Paul’s Court staff and residents, earlier this year the students presented the residents with their own iPad to keep and share. The students raised funds through their ‘Make a Difference’ program at school and by free-dress days, to be able to purchase the iPad for the residents.

Sonia Thomson, St Paul’s Court Lifestyle Coordinator said that students had certainly achieved their goal of making a difference.

“Our residents have just loved having the students visit them, and the iPad is an added bonus. Now that we have our own iPad, we can add extra activities to our dementia lifestyle program. The music and simple games that are on the iPad really engaged the attention of our residents living with dementia. We can’t thank the students from St Francis Xavier enough for this wonderful gift,” Sonia said.