10 Jan 2014
Silver surfers in Banstead have shown they are as willing to embrace new technology as younger people.
Residents at Anchor’s Greenacres care home in Banstead have been using their new iPad to help reach customers in a more person centred way.
Greenacres Team Leader, Emma Edwards said residents and their relatives were thrilled about the iPad as it opened up so many opportunities for them.
She said: “Many of the residents have never used an iPad before so they are looking forward to having a cup of coffee while learning how to use the tablet.
“A recent trial in several other Anchor care homes showed that using iPads had a hugely positive impact on residents’ lives. They provide further occasions for meaningful activity which are fun and can be shared with other residents or carers.
“As well as learning new skills, or finding new high tech ways to continue a hobby, iPads have been used by residents to keep in touch with long distance family members via email or skype or emailing photos to them.
“Almost everyone regardless of age has access to technology at home now, so why not residents at Greenacres?”
Team Leader, Emma Edwards also said that "the iPad really worked well with one of our residents who has dementia and is often agitated, she carries around cuddly toys all day and thinks of them as her children, so I organised a one to one with her and we watched video compilations of babies laughing, she put down the toys, sat down and held the iPad giggling. She fell asleep after 15 minutes. I was surprised at the calming influence that this had on her, it was great to see".