Silver surfers at Anchor’s Larchfield care home in Leeds are embracing new technology and have been using their new iPad to stay in touch with loved ones around the world.

Larchfield Activities Coordinator Betty Rhodes 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 really enjoy having a cup of coffee while learning how to use the new tablet. Speaking to family members who live in other countries is certainly one of the most popular activities.”

Mr Kevin Imbleau, a resident at Larchfield for 5 years and pictured above, has been enjoying using the iPad to Skype his brother Philip and sister-in-law Angela who live in Australia. This July he was thrilled that they were able to come over to visit in person and although they didn’t need to use the iPad to communicate, Betty was able to use the tablet to record some of their time together in person for him to enjoy watching after they left.

Betty comments: “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. And I certainly see the benefits for our residents here at Larchfield.

For more information about Anchor’s iPad initiative here.

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