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Grant will help Elder Care buy computers

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 8:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 8:12 p.m. CDT
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Elder Care's Roxanne Moss (seated) and Tara Culotta (right) with Penny Rosenow of the DeKalb County Community Foundation. The community foundation awarded Elder Care a $2,000 grant on Wednesday.

DeKALB – Elder Care Services is slowly but surely revitalizing its technology to help senior citizens who need care. 

A $2,000 grant awarded by the DeKalb County Community Foundation is helping the cause. The grant will be used to buy laptops for care coordinators who go out into the field and visit the elderly in their homes, said Tara Culotta, executive director of Elder Care Services. 

“It’s nice to bring a piece of computer equipment to [the senior citizens] versus them having to come into the office,” she said.

The clientele base for Elder Care Services has exploded since July, and new laptops to replace the ones from 5 to 6 years ago that are on their last legs is a step in the right direction, Culotta said. The organization has 11 laptops; three already have been replaced. 

“It’s really good timing to get this new equipment,” she said. 

The agency’s care coordinators can use this equipment when visiting clients and help them sign up for services online, she said. Members of the organization are thinking about purchasing Lenovo laptops. Culotta said over time, the laptops will be replaced gradually rather than all at once. 

The nonprofit agency, with headquarters at 333 Grove St. in DeKalb, aims to provide education and resources for senior citizens in need of care, according to its website. Elder Care Services also works to help clients remain safe and live independently in their homes. 

For more information on Elder Care Services, visit www.ecsdekalb.org or call 815-758-6550. 

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