Broadband Communities reports on Nelson Communications, a vendor that has worked with BBCs (Blandin Broadband Communities) in the past…
Telecommunications provider Nelson Communications Cooperative announced that they have been awarded the NTCA Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge Grant to connect remote seniors, using remote monitoring and socialization technology GrandCare Systems.
This grant is part of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association’s (NTCA) initiative to highlight and support efforts that make rural communities vibrant places to live and do business. The grant promotes broadband-enabled solutions for communities and supports collaborative efforts in economic development, education, energy, health care, and public safety.
Providing Broadband Enabled Elder Care Services
Nelson Communications Cooperative, located in Durand, Wisconsin, plans to use GrandCare technology to provide broadband-enabled elder care services to seniors in rural Wisconsin. GrandCare is a large touchscreen system designed to help seniors easily stay connected with their families. It also provides telehealth, activity monitoring, and many socialization features.
“Nelson Communications is proud of our longstanding commitment to our customers and the communities we serve,” said Christy Berger, general manager of Nelson Communications Cooperative (DBA Ntec). “We also recognize that our broadband is a powerful tool for positive change and improving quality of life. In partnership with GrandCare and WSTA, we hope to demonstrate the role broadband can play to connect lonely and socially isolated senior citizens.”
Nelson Communications will leverage their connectivity and GrandCare’s communication, remote health, and activity monitoring to help engage, connect and empower seniors living in rural and remote communities.