Scottish Care launch initiative to connect separated families through technology
- Megan Forsyth
- 27 March 2020
The organisation is seeking donations of tablets, laptops, smart TVs and smartphones to keep care home residents connected with their loved ones
While everyone is staying home and doing their part to flatten the curve of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the UK, many people have become separated from their family and friends as a result. This has quickly become particularly challenging for care home residents who rely on visitors for their social interaction.
In response, Scottish Care has launched a programme to help connect residents of Scotland's care homes with their loved ones. Scottish Care represents the largest group of independent sector social care providers across Scotland offering residential care, nursing care, day care, care at home and housing support services.
The idea for the Tech Device Network came about when publicist Jenn Nimmo-Smith, Director of Electric Shores, became concerned about her mum who lives in a care home. She was able to video call her mum who has an iPad, but was aware that not all residents would have access to devices providing face-to-face digital communication.
'As my Mum is in a care home, now more than ever video calling is going to be our lifeline to connect,' says Nimmo-Smith, who has partnered with Scottish Care for the initiative. 'My hope is that this will help other families and those with loved ones who they can't visit given the current COVID-19 pandemic to stay in contact and enable that connection that is so important and vital to our relationships.'