Using iPad technology to improve social connectivity

Background

In 2014 the Trust adopted its new name and strategy, focusing on providing practical help for older people and the organisations that support them through:

  • Facilitating digital inclusion
  • Creating dementia friendly housing organisations
  • Providing financial help

Having undertaken three projects around the theme of creating dementia friendly organisations, in March 2015, the trustees agreed to fund a pilot focusing on utilising iPad/tablet technology to increase the communication and social interaction opportunities of isolated older people living alone and to test the feasibility of welfare checks being undertaken digitally.

The Project

The project, to be undertaken in conjunction with Solihull Community Housing, will involve the following:

  • Selection of an initial 12 participants by Solihull Community Housing (Safe and Sound scheme) using agreed selection criteria
  • Loan of a 4G enabled iPad to participants for the duration of the pilot
  • Introduction to using the iPad by Safe and Sound Support Officers
  • Set-up of the iPad by Safe and Sound to enable Facetime calling to Safe and Sound Welfare Checker and at least one family member/friend
  • Evaluation to include measured quality of life improvements, frequency and independence of use together with increased level of contact with the external world.

The iPads/tablets would remain the property of the Trust, but the Solihull Community Housing Safe and Sound team will lend them to individual users on the same basis as other equipment currently provided.

For more information, check out David Hucker’s blog for the National Care Forum through this link.

NCF Blog 98 – Using tablet technology to enhance quality of life

We have engaged Dementia Pathfinders Community Interest Company to monitor and evaluate the project and updates will be posted on here as it progresses.

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