One of the care homes we are working with on Connecting Care is in the seaside town of Bognor Regis. On Thursday we paid a return visit to see how they are getting on with the actions from our first meeting.
It was great to hear of the positive steps they are taking such as their new website, about their activities co-ordinator who is using YouTube to show interesting video clips requested by the residents and that they are exploring activities to use on a Tablet PC. They have even found a volunteer to look after any day to day technical issues they have with the office computers.
However it was the simple and affordable changes to the technology they use that are making the most difference.
- for £15 they bought an HDMI lead so that they can hook up a laptop to the large screen TV on the wall, this really has transformed the way they use this TV and the range of media that the residents can watch.
- for less than that (£0) we set up a Box.com account for file sharing between the computers located in the building and with the committee members at home. Previously files were shared around on USB sticks and by e-mail attachments often resulting in delays, frustration, security risks and wasted time due to version control problems.
So these two very simple changes have enabled them to offer better digital facilities to residents and to work in a more efficient way… thus meaning they could have more time with their residents.