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Creston Nursing’s 21st century telly

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 8:43 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013 11:34 a.m. CDT
Christan Ambrose, Creston Nursing and Rehab activity director, demonstrates the new TV system can show slides of photos Friday. Creston Nursing and Rehab bought the TV and computer system in April and uses it for meals, daily events and Bingo.

Creston Nursing and Rehab’s new technology might not be space-age, but the 21st century equipment is already proving to be a good decision.

“We were looking at getting a new calendar for the residents, because we had a dry-erase one in there, ... so, we were looking at our options and we thought to take the next step,” said Christan Ambrose, Creston Nursing activity coordinator.

Creston Nursing bought the TV and TelAgenda computer system in mid-April.


“It has the monthly calendar, the daily activities, their meals,” said Ambrose. “I can put pictures of the residents and events on the TV, (and) it updates the weather every 20 minutes to tell you what the weather is outside. ... You can put whatever you want on it.”

The TV system can also display birthday announcements and employee anniversaries. The technology can also play Bingo.

“The residents request to have the top Bingo winners on there,” said Ambrose. “It also calls Bingo. It’s basically a little computer.”

The system consists of a small computer attached to the TV that can be accessed anywhere via the internet. It works like a PowerPoint, with slides that repeat throughout the day. Each slide lasts 30 seconds.

“I think (the residents) like it. They see their pictures up there, and they like that too. It’s got a nice, crisp look to it, so when they’re looking for their calendars, they can read it,” Ambrose said.


The system cost approximately $1,000, and the TV cost approximately $600. Half of the total cost was paid for through the Creston Nursing activities budget, while the other half was donated.

Donations were received from Walmart, Hy-Vee, Kelly’s Flowers, Powers Funeral Home, Jim and Sandy Webb and Don and Kim Hoepker. Donations were given in memory of Don Berry, Mary H. Calvin, Kenny Calvin, Katherine “Tina” Mueller, and in memory of past, present and future veterans.

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