Wellington care home resident attends wedding thanks to technology


The use of technology is something that continues to grow with each generation. However, for someone like Olive Vile, a 96-year-old resident at Popham Court care home in Wellington, it’s not something she’s familiar with.

Olive’s grandson got married earlier this month at Hornsbury Mill in Chard, and unfortunately for Olive, it wasn’t possible for her to make the day. Keen to find a way around this, staff at the care home and Somerset Care’s IT team came up with a solution. Joined by two close friends at the care home, Olive was able to take part in her grandson’s wedding through the use of Skype. She watched the ceremony from the comfort and warmth of her chair and had a glass of fizz ready to toast the newlyweds. After the ceremony, Olive was able to speak with her grandson and his new wife using the video call as they signed the register.

Somerset Care recognises the importance of being able to support with special moments like this. Following their involvement in an international research study called AGES 2.0, the not-for-profit organisation has appointed a Care Technologist to support and encourage their staff with the use of technology within the care sector.


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