Electronic Device Scheme
Our work commenced in May 2020 as an emergency response to the tragic impact of COVID-19 on care homes across the UK, where residents were cut off from their loved ones at the time when some needed them most.
According to Age UK, over a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.
It was clear that this connection was vital, which is why we set about donating easy-to-use electronic devices to those care homes which were most critically in need.
This allowed care home residents to use video-calling technology to regain the connection to their loved ones that they so desperately required. Whilst we know that nothing can totally replace face-to-face contact, we have seen what a lifeline our donations have been during the pandemic and beyond.
The feedback from the homes to which we have delivered has been brilliant - we're so thrilled to see what a vast and varied difference our donated devices can have to the daily life of care home residents. We love hearing stories of how much joy it brings to be able to connect with family and friends via video calls – not least for the lady who became a great-grandmother during lockdown and was able to meet the new arrival via Zoom!