New £1 million funding will see around 1,400 care homes in Scotland receive iPads to keep residents connected to family and friends, and to support the clinical management of health conditions remotely.
Care homes can apply now for up to two iPads.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “Digital devices can never replace human interaction and we continue both to actively review what more we can do to support visiting with input from family members, carers, and clinicians and finalise our plans for routine designated visitor testing. But the pandemic has shown us that digital technology can help keep us in touch with our loved ones and provide vital access to healthcare through services such as NearMe for video consultations.
“This fund will give care home residents an additional way to keep in touch with family and friends. Staying connected will be even more important as we approach winter, and the Scottish Government is committed to doing everything we can to prepare and support care home residents and the staff who look after them.”
The funding comes from a combination of Scottish Government funding from the Connecting Scotland programme, which has committed £500,000 to the initiative, and the £500,000 allocated in the Adult Social Care Winter Preparedness plan.
Apply for iPads for your care home here.