How iPad Technology is Helping Our Residents
One of the biggest changes that we’ve seen in medical and health care over the last decade or so is the way technology is being used to provide support. You might think that delivering care for people living in residential care would have nothing to do with the latest hi-tech tablet.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
At Wessex Care, we find activities using electronic devices such as iPads are invaluable and have numerous benefits for residents.
Here are just a few ways we use iPad technology every day in our residential homes:
1. Keeping in Touch
One of the most important things that our residents love is being able to engage with loved ones and friends. It’s not always easy for relatives to get to our residential homes in Salisbury but it’s pretty simple to get some face time and talk online via the iPad.
Personal connections are absolutely vital in maintaining good mental health and being able to talk to loved ones is a big part of this. Where before a resident would have had to wait for a visit, they can now easily use the various video conferencing apps that are available online.
2. Maintaining an Active Brain
We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to engage residents. We understand that an active mind is a healthy one and there are plenty of different puzzle apps that residents of all ages can engage with. Even someone with dementia is able to use simple apps with the help of caring staff and it’s something that we think helps raise cognitive ability and improve memory.
3. Engaging Residents in New Ways
It’s not just doing puzzles or talking to relatives where the iPad has proved useful for our residents. You can create a personal memory book for individuals with the help of loved ones. This could include items such as old photos, favourite songs and a whole host of things that mean something to the individual.
Technology is an area that is constantly changing and we’re always looking for new ideas or getting inspiration from visiting relatives. The iPad can be also used for a lot of group activities, for instance, compiling playlists that people can sing along to or quiz sessions to keep everyone’s grey cells in order. You can even paint and drawn and learn to play a musical instrument on it.
4. Building Confidence
One of the big things we see when using technology like the iPad with residents is how their confidence begins to grow. Many have never used a smartphone or tablet and are amazed at how easy it is.
Over the last few years, incorporating this kind of technology into daily routines has certainly made a huge difference both with residents and those who are being cared for in the community. If you are looking after someone elderly at home, we advise you not to be afraid of using technology such as this. Take your time and you may be surprised how much it helps.
Wessex Care in Salisbury is an organisation that is always looking at new ways to engage with residents and help them thrive. If you would like to see how we can help with your care needs, contact our friendly team today.