Call Home was inspired by one of our existing projects, Silver Surfers. The scope of the project is to provide a means of mobile communication for users of Interior Health’s overdose prevention mobile unit.
When conducting our needs assessment for Silver Surfers, we discovered that social isolation was also quickly becoming a predominant force in the lives of marginalized demographics, other than seniors. Our team piloted Call Home, in partnership with Interior Health, in the summer of 2017. With clients required to wait in the mobile injection RV for 15 minutes after a session, we figured that this wait-time provided the optimal time to check-in with friends and relatives.
The iPads that we have securely installed in the mobile RV units are supervised by Interior Health employees, with the data being gathered and analyzed by Enactus Okanagan College students, on a monthly basis.
With our success to date, we are in talks with the Interior Health team in Kamloops about the possibility of setting up a similar system in their mobile RV. In addition, we have received interest from Kelowna General Hospital to add our technology in areas of their facility.
Enactus OC student demonstrating how to use an iPad installed in a mobile RV unit in Kelowna.