Scottish care homes to be equipped with iPads

Written by Gemma Fraser on 19 November 2020 in News
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Public funding of £1m will support two devices in every care home

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New funding has been announced to provide around 1,400 care homes in Scotland with digital devices to connect those receiving care with their loved ones.

The £1m cash boost will enable all care homes in Scotland to access iPads to help residents stay connected with friends and relatives, and support the clinical management of health conditions remotely.

All care homes will be able to apply for up to two iPads to support their residents as a result of Scottish Government funding from the Connecting Scotland programme, which has committed £500,000 to the initiative, on top of the £500,000 allocated in the Adult Social Care Winter Preparedness plan.

This follows a pilot project that provided digital devices to six care homes in Aberdeenshire to address digital exclusion, supported by Scottish Care, the Care Inspectorate and Scottish Social Services Council.


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Scottish Government health secretary Jeane Freeman said: “Digital devices can never replace human interaction and we continue both to actively review what more we can do to support visiting with input from family members, carers, and clinicians and finalise our plans for routine designated visitor testing. 

“But the pandemic has shown us that digital technology can help keep us in touch with our loved ones and provide vital access to healthcare through services such as NearMe for video consultations.

“This fund will give care home residents an additional way to keep in touch with family and friends. Staying connected will be even more important as we approach winter, and the Scottish Government is committed to doing everything we can to prepare and support care home residents and the staff who look after them.”

Dr Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care said: “The funding which has been announced… will help to improve connection for many. We hope that it is the start of an increased recognition of the critical contribution of technology in the care home sector and that we will see an enhanced commitment to the appropriate use of technology and digital in social care as a whole.”

 

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Gemma Fraser is a journalist at PublicTechnology sister publication Holyrood, where this story first appeared. She tweets as @GemmaFraser10.

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