People living in care are stepping into the digital age thanks to a £10,000 Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grant.
Supported by creative ageing charity Equal Arts, the money will be used to connect relatives and residents at Queens Meadow Care Home in Hartlepool and provide residents with a range of creative activities using the new tablet devices.
The year-long project will also support residents to retain their independence, choosing music and films, shopping online, creating photo albums and researching their family trees.
Based in Gateshead, the charity Equal Arts provides older people and those living with dementia with creative opportunities to help combat loneliness and improve wellbeing.
Liz Jones, customer relations officer for the Hill Care Group which runs the centre, said: “Residents are really keen to be able to use this technology to Skype their grandchildren, make short films and stay up-to-date with current affairs.
“Not only will this give residents increased communication and a range of meaningful activities it would also bring new experiences with technology and develop new skills.
“It has been reported, by Independent Age, that 70% of over-60s have never used the internet, which conflicts with residents’ desire to give it a go.”
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