Kathryn Abbs, Acting Home Manager, Brooklyn House Nursing Home, was inspired by the latest Christmas John Lewis TV ad and wanted to ensure her residents could connect with loved ones wherever they may be. She says: “We’re blessed with so much wonderful technology I wanted to ensure our residents could be with their nearest and dearest this Christmas. Many of our residents are ‘silver surfers’ and a lot also have grandchildren all over the world, so this is one way we can make their Christmas extra special.”
Recent statistics has shown that the older generation has been quick to adapt to new technologies. Ninety per cent of over 65s use email compared to just 73 per cent of those aged 12-17, and Facebook’s audience is comprised of 45 per cent of over 65s. With Skype becoming a word in the English dictionary and reaching a worldwide audience of over 145 million, this Christmas hundreds of thousands of people will be able to connect and see their loved ones from care homes in Attleborough to beach-side barbecues in Australia.
Commenting on the wi-fi, one visitor to Brooklyn House, remarked: “This is the best Christmas present I could have received. Thanks to the wi-fi my mum will now be able to see her grandson on Christmas Day! He’s currently travelling around Australia, but with Skype she’ll be able to see him, and it will be lovely for him too.”
Brooklyn House is a modern, purpose-built care home in Norfolk with nursing for up to 38 elderly people. The nursing home is part of the Caring Homes Group, which was established in 1994 by registered nurse Helena Jeffery and her son Paul. Since then the company has grown to become one of the most highly respected independent care and support providers in the UK.