The Scottish Government has announced a £1 million fund to provide digital devices to residents in Scottish care homes.
The new funding will enable all care homes in Scotland to access up to two iPads to help care home residents stay connected with friends and family. The fund will also support the clinical management of health conditions remotely through services such as NearMe for video consultations (this link will take you away from our website).
The funding is combined from the Connecting Scotland programme (this link will take you away from our website), which has contributed £500,000 to the initiative, in addition to the £500,000 allocated in the Adult Social Care Winter Preparedness Plan.
The initiative follows a pilot project that provided digital devices to six care homes in Aberdeenshire to address digital exclusion, supported by Scottish Care, the Care Inspectorate and Scottish Social Services Council.
More information about the funding is available from the Scottish Government website. ‘£1m fund to keep care home residents connected’ (this link will take you away from our website).