Anchor’s Buckingham Lodge are appealing for members of the public to donate their spare iPads and tablets to help their residents keep in touch with their loved ones.
With social distancing measures in place and all non-essential visits from family and friends temporarily stopped, Anchor care homes have been using Skype and FaceTime to help their residents stay connected with family and friends.
iPads and tablets are also being used by residents at care homes to take part in activities like quizzes and games to keep them occupied.
In fact, many residents have been actively embracing and becoming quite proficient in using the technology provided to them!
Resident Margaret Claesons, aged 78, who lives at Buckingham Lodge has been getting to grips with Facetime to keep in touch with her daughter. She welcomed any kind donations from the public, saying: “it’s so nice to be able to speak to her daughter and see her face.”
Margaret’s daughter, Julie, also welcomed the ability to stay in touch with her mother.
She said: “Just being able to see each other and for mum to know that I can talk to her and I love her has made social isolation that much easier.”
Buckingham Lodge already have iPads and tablets at the home, some of which have already been generously donated to them and they are aiming to increase the numbers available for their residents to use.
Craig Summers, Care Home Manager of Anchor’s Buckingham Lodge said: “We are looking for anyone to donate their spare iPads/tablets so that our residents are able to FaceTime and communicate with their loved ones.
“We’ve already had a lot of support and very generous donations from the local community. These devices are providing our residents with so much joy. We are more than happy to return any tablet or iPad when this is all over.
“The donations, generosity and kindness shown by the general community, locally to us, has been unbelievable and moving. I cannot thank everyone enough. A crisis like this has really brought out the very best in everyone”.