A World without Hugs?
Dear God or Bill Gates,
I am a nurse’s assistant in a nursing home. I work with people who are old, frail, confused, and isolated.
I used to hug them all the time, but now I don't as much. And their families, if they have families, don't hug them either, because these days their families can't visit them.
They in a world without hugs.
I want them to hear the voices of their loved ones, the music of their youth, and to enjoy a sense of community with the outside world. I want them to have virtual hugs through voices and music. They are so lonely.
I know about Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, and Reddit. My friends use some of these all the time. But they are not relevant to my residents.
I know about Skype and Zoom and Facetime, too. They are closer to what I need, but the residents don't have access to equipment so that they can use them.
So I have a request. Or, actually, four of them.
Would you encourage web-savvy millennials to create more platforms and forms of social media that are user-friendly for the aging and aged?
Would you encourage technology companies to provide the equipment and wifi access for us, free of charge.
Would you encourage the management of my facility to use the equipment if given to them, training me to use it.
And, while you’re at it, would you inspire management to pay me a lot more so that I don’t have to look for another job.
There's so much turnover where I work. I don't really want to leave. I love my residents.
I hope you'll act quickly.