People living at Weaver Vale Housing Trust’s Independent Living Schemes have become experts in using an iPad after being shown the ropes by staff.
Thanks to a generous donation by Alan Mckie and the Older but Wiser Wellbeing Lifestyle charity, the Trust has been able to purchase several iPads for residents to use at its Moretons Meade, Queen Elizabeth House and Wakefield Court schemes.
Residents at Moretons Meade were the first to get their hands on the new technology – checking local bus & train timetables, getting the local news, doing a spot of online shopping and looking up armchair exercises via YouTube.
Staff from Weaver Vale’s IT team were also on hand to show residents how to use the iPads, as well as highlighting useful websites and apps.
In recent years there has been a sharp rise in the number of older people using tablet computers such as iPads – thanks to their ease of use and touch-screen technology.
Rick Hall is an IT Infrastructure Analyst with the Trust and was one of the staff members on hand to help.
He said: “I’m really pleased that the iPads have been well received. The residents were genuinely interested in how they can find out information such as hotel reviews, train times and local attractions. I’m hoping this will help them connect with their local community, whilst realising IT can be simple and straight forward to use. I’m hearing feedback that some are even considering purchasing their own tablet device, which for me is a sign of success”.
Melanie Davenport, Community Independence Team Manager at the Trust added:
“I would like to thank Alan Mckie and everyone at Older but Wiser Wellbeing Lifestyle for making this happen.
“The iPads have brought a lot of enjoyment to our residents. The majority had never used technology like this before so it was fantastic to see them taking to it so quickly.
“We use iPads all the time whether it’s for reminiscing, writing letters, creating photo albums, listening to music and reading the news – it’s really opened our residents’ eyes that we can do all this at the touch of a button.”