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Care homes asked to comment on digital connectivity action plan

By Bethany Hemsley

Care home residents, staff and families in Scotland are being given the opportunity to shape a draft action plan to improve digital connectivity in care homes.

Members of the care home community can complete a survey to help identify gaps and areas of priority, whilst also sharing their expertise and thoughts on the action plan.

The report acknowledges that COVID-19 has accelerated the need for technology and sets out actions to improve the future of digital approaches in Scottish care homes.

Some of the proposed actions include:

  • Identify care homes that do not have superfast broadband and address connectivity issues
  • Support residents to effectively adopt and use Near Me (virtual consultation service) and existing social media tools, including Skype, to maintain contact with friends and family
  • Identify potential physical and emotional activities for residents using technology
  • Offer a range of online cCBT treatment and wellbeing programs for staff
  • Build on the confidence and skills of residents to use technology, and of staff to use digital learning tools.

Read the full draft action plan here.

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