Care homes across Wales are benefiting from digital devices being delivered to them as part of a Welsh Labour Government scheme to help residents keep in touch with friends and family, and to assist with video medical consultations
Over the past few weeks the Digital Communities Wales: Digital Confidence, Health and Well-being Programme, delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre, has been distributing the devices to care homes in all parts of Wales, and is providing remote support and training to key workers on how to use and operate the technology with people in their care.
Delyn MS, Hannah Blythyn said:
“This scheme has directly benefited residents across Delyn, with 33 devices being delivered to our care homes. Our carers have worked incredibly hard throughout this pandemic, and I hope that these devices have made things a little bit easier for residents and their carers.”
To date, 745 devices have been delivered to 401 care homes as part of the scheme, with 313 care homes receiving staff training on the NHS Wales Video Consulting Service.
Welsh Labour Deputy Health and Social Services Minister Julie Morgan added:
“The Coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us, and it has been particularly challenging for older people and those living in care homes who are unable to see friends and loved ones.
Technology has played a key role over the past few weeks in helping keep people in touch, and allowing medical consultations to take place without the need for visits to the GP or hospital. I’m pleased to see that digital devices have been reaching care homes, making things easier for staff and residents.
We’ve seen the use of digital technology across the NHS and social care accelerate over the past few months as a result of the pandemic. Many of the changes will be with us for the future allowing people to stay connected and improve access to services.”