BRIDGE TO LIFE & FAMILY

“Technology is best when it brings people together.”

Matt Mullenweg, Founding Developer of WordPress

DISCHARGE PACKS

While many residents with chronic conditions call Laguna Honda Hospital home, some complete a course of rehabilitation therapy and are discharged back into the community. To make their transition easier and more successful, “Discharge Packs” are provided, including a handy backpack with toiletries and other useful personal items.

Due to COVID-19, CityBridge is working to include new items for personal sanitation, such as masks, hand sanitizer, and protective gloves.

“ALL IN” FOR OUTINGS

A fulfilling life takes many parts. For residents, it’s refreshing to go beyond the hospital grounds and enjoy the world outside.

Today, for safety reasons, many of the regular outings that we love to support and that residents appreciate are on “pause” but we will be back as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Favorite outings for residents we’ve helped fund include museum visits, movies, baseball games, picnics, Bay cruises and trips to local restaurants.

In the current pandemic, we are looking at ways to “bring the outside in” – safely – to improve quality of life and offer experiences that make living at a hospital the best it can be. It may be a simple as a pizza party or an indoor barbecue, but the residents really appreciate a break from the daily routine of hospital living.

IPADS

An iPad is more than just a device.  For many hospital residents, it’s a gateway to the world. A chance to stay connected with family and friends by videochat. To dial up music and TV shows from any era.  And take part in today’s conversation about…well, just about everything.

But iPads have become even more of a lifeline since COVID-19, when suddenly, visitors–even family–were barred to ensure patient safety.

With nearly 800 residents, the demand for iPads skyrocketed.

In response, CityBridge jumped into action, funding a record 50 new iPads for the hospital. These easy-to-use tablets bring connection, comfort and communication to residents, making a huge difference in their quality of life.

As the need for additional iPads continues, CityBridge is working to acquire and donate even more.

STAYING CONNECTED

Connecting people at Laguna Honda with the world outside the hospital grounds takes technology. For residents, many who are disabled, mobile phones, laptops and tablets are lifelines to resources, family and friends. But as technology changes constantly, they often need some friendly tech support.

So CityBridge brings it to them. We fund weekly visits from technology experts who help keep residents online so they can stay in touch with loved ones, their own personal hobbies, and the community at large.

FUTURE: EDUCATION

The vision for CityBridge? To “be a bridge” connecting residents at Laguna Honda Hospital with the outside world, safely and creatively.

And at the same time, it’s our goal to share useful medical information and resources with the San Francisco community.

Laguna Honda specialists have deep knowledge about health and medicine that impact many families coping with diagnoses such as Alzheimer’s and forms of dementia. We are planning to develop a public education program in the future, so that anyone can become informed about life-changing illnesses and how to better cope with them.

Help us build bridges to make lives better.