9th June 2020

Talking to Tom: How tablets are enriching the lives of our Gurkha veterans and widows

Lockdown leisure at our Residential Homes

To control the spread of COVID-19, it was important for Nepal to implement strict lockdown measures at a very early stage before it could spread to the vulnerable. And that’s the case for many of the Gurkha veterans and widows we provide round-the-clock care for at our two Residential Homes. With all of our residents over the age of 70, we have to protect them in every way we can. Which includes lifting their spirits with entertainment.

At the beginning of the lockdown, each of our Residential Homes purchased four new tablets. They have proven to be a huge hit. The residents have been watching cultural dance videos, films and music videos. But their particular favourite is the Talking Tom app.

Talking to Tom

Talking Tom is a virtual pet game where players can adopt Tom and take care of him, making sure he gets enough food and sleep, and keep him happy. The most popular feature of Talking Tom, however, is the voice recorder. The app allows the user to record their voice and Tom will repeat what they say in a humorous way.

Watch our video of Arimaya Rai and Narmaya Limbu, both widows of Gurkha veterans, enjoying Talking Tom:

Connecting with family

The tablets have also allowed the veterans and widows to keep in touch with their beloved family members during the coronavirus outbreak.

Rudra Bahadur Limbu, one of our Care Home Assistants said:

“The importance of communication is 1000 times greater in this current situation. Communication both heard and seen is good for the soul”

Samjhana Gurung, one of our Nurses added:

“Communication is important in all relationships. Although the current lockdown scenario we’re in is very challenging it is very important to keep our residents in contact with their loved ones frequently.”


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