Why iPads & Tablets?
Focus on Cancer donates iPads, LifeProof covers, and the latest programming for the iPads to hospitals that care for children and adolescents with cancer. Our major focus for these donations are the specialized hospitals that provide long-term, inpatient care for this patient population. These patients can be in isolation for months at a time.
Focus on Cancer also donates computer tablets to Ronald McDonald Houses that provide housing and provisions to families whose children or teenagers must receive treatment at these hospitals, which are often a long distance away from home.
All iPads and tablets have controls within them so that all content remains age-appropriate.
The use and benefits of iPads and tablets are multifactorial:
1) iPads provide a way in which real-time communication can be achieved between the patient and their friends, family members, and/or other individuals with whom they may wish to communicate.
2) iPads provide a diversion away from the pain often enduring during minor, yet frequent procedures required for cancer patients.
3) iPads allow for educational curriculum to be downloaded for patients to use. The educational curriculum is specific to the patient's grade and school district's curriculum.
Since cancer patients who have been in isolation for extended periods of time have a significantly increased risk of having to repeat a grade once they are discharged, the personalized educational curriculum provided on the iPads can keep them academically current with their peers, enabling them to remain in their grade.
4) iPads provide the ability to reduce the boredom that inevitably occurs during extended periods of time in isolation. Entertainment such as movies, TV episodes, music, learning a new skill, reading, and keeping socially abreast are all examples of how the iPad can connect a patient with the outside world.
5) iPads provide a social connection to peers for adolescents through social media functions. Socialization with peers is an important component to normal development and self-esteem for adolescents. Through social media outlets, adolescents can maintain these connections and feel as if they remain "in the loop" with their peers.
5) The Lifeproof covers protect against spills and drops, and allows for the units to be sanitized between patients.
6) Tablets provided to Ronald McDonald Houses allows families and loved ones to stay in contact for the extended periods of time during which they are separated.
7) The tablets also often provide a means for parents to continue working off-site, so they can maintain their job while their child undergoes treatment.
8) Siblings of patients who are staying at a Ronald McDonald House can also use the tablets to keep current on their schoolwork during the extended period of time they are missing school.