Care home residents switch on to the power of Skype

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Pictured are David Sutton (relative) Rosemary Day (relative) Bijoya Biswas (resident) and Peter Cruise (O2)
Pictured are David Sutton (relative) Rosemary Day (relative) Bijoya Biswas (resident) and Peter Cruise (O2)
Watching and learning are George Girgis with Anne Colgan (Relative), Valerie Critchlow (Activity Coordinator) David Snowdon (relative) and Daphne Collins (Resident)
Watching and learning are George Girgis with Anne Colgan (Relative), Valerie Critchlow (Activity Coordinator)
David Snowdon (relative) and Daphne Collins (Resident)

Residents and relatives at Burnham-based, Lent Rise House, a nursing home run by local charity, The Fremantle Trust, recently enjoyed a demonstration on the benefits of staying in touch via the internet.

There was a demonstration on how simple it was to make a call via Skype from both a laptop and a tablet by contacting a member of the Lent Rise House staff, who was at home. Residents loved the fact that they could not only talk to the staff member, but also see them on screen.

Lillian Organ, a resident at the home, connected via Skype with her daughter who was in London. The technology gave mother and daughter the opportunity to see and speak to one another and Lillian’s daughter commented how well her mother looked!

Following her call, other relatives talked about the possibility of residents now being able to link up with family members as far afield as America, Cape Town and Canada.

Commenting on the demonstration, Junior Walker, Leisure & Lifestyle Manager at the home said: “It is important that we support residents to access the internet and to use it to stay in touch with their family and friends.

“In this day and age, it’s easy to assume everyone’s familiar with these technologies, but for those who aren’t, this was a great chance to show what’s possible. Everyone was delighted to see the quality of the images on the laptops and tablets and are now ready to give it a go.”

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