Digital Eagles in care homes
Helping residents and carers
We’re helping people in care homes learn important digital skills.
How we’re helping
Our virtual sessions help care home staff make the most of technology when it’s needed most.
We show carers how to access healthcare appointments online and keep residents connected to friends and family. We also introduce them to various ways they can keep residents entertained.
Our goal is to help care home staff and healthcare professionals work more efficiently, so they can save money and spend more time caring for residents.
Why we’re helping
We want to help everyone get the most out of digital. No matter where you are on your journey, we can help keep you up to date and stay safer online.
We’re supporting our communities now more than ever.
Our Digital Eagles have committed to helping 500 care homes in 2020.
This isn’t just because of the coronavirus situation – it’s part of our long term plan to give people essential digital skills they can use both now and long into the future.
Here are some stories from the residents of the care homes our Digital Eagles helped. Thanks to all the care homes who took part – Cherry Trees, Springfield House and Coombe House, Liskeard.
Flora is a resident of one of the care homes our Digital Eagles helped.
She talks to her family over video call on one of the care home’s tablets. “To be able to see them is absolutely fabulous, it really is good,” she explains.
She even gets to see her granddaughter, who lives in Australia. “It’s amazing,” she says. “Modern technology does always amaze me, but there you are. That’s life, isn’t it.”
It isn’t just family – she also sees her doctor over video call. “They’re very helpful,” she explains. “You know if you aren’t feeling well – they jolly well tell you.”
She’s visited lots of music festivals in her life. Music brings her fond memories of her mother, who was very musical, and her sister, who Flora used to copy. Flora now tells people she “streams music” in the care home.
She used to live on an orchard – she likes to see how the orchard looks now using the tablet.
Norma is a resident of one of the care homes our Digital Eagles helped.
She’s an avid football fan – she supports Southampton and watches a lot of their matches on one of the care home’s tablets. Then she likes to talk about them with her grandson afterwards.
She’s very happy with how they're doing right now as she was a season ticket holder for 10 years.
She has a strict rule – “I say to anyone that comes into my house, ‘are you a Saints supporter?’ and if they say ‘no’, I say ‘you have to leave.’”
She couldn’t believe it when she first got to use the tablet. Now she enjoys talking to her family on it – she even tries to grab her grandsons’ chins through the screen.
Colin is a resident of one of the care homes our Digital Eagles helped.
He often uses one of the care home’s tablets to search for images of the old Manchester City squads. “I always support the blues,” he explains.
He also takes selfies on one of the care home’s tablets and looks at images. “It’s really clever,” he says. “I didn’t have anything like this in my day.”
He also enjoys music therapy and watching videos of animals doing silly things.
Ethel is a resident of one of the care homes our Digital Eagles helped.
She’s 100 years old and enjoys music and dancing. She was once told she was the best dancer in Rotherham, and she’s always wanted to dance with Anton Du Beke.
She speaks to her nephew and her friends on one of the care home’s tablets, and they reminisce about all the places they used to go.
She also uses the tablet to sing along to music with the carers.
Les is a resident of one of the care homes our Digital Eagles helped.
He uses one of the care home’s tablets to speak to his family. He also likes to keep an eye on them using social media. “I’m more than a bit nosey. I’m a lot nosey,” he explains.
He’s always interested in the videos his family send him. He often copies what they’ve been doing – even beatboxing.
He loves catching up with them on video calls too. “It’s lovely all the time because whenever you’re in company, you can be sure of a laugh. It’s part of family life.”
Margie is a resident of one of the care homes our Digital Eagles helped.
She used to sing professionally in clubs when she was younger. Now she likes to listen to music online and sing along.
She recently became a great grandmother again after her grandson had twin girls. Margie loves seeing them in pictures and over video calls on one of the care home’s tablets.
Danny is a resident of one of the care homes our Digital Eagles helped.
He used to be a dog trainer and he has friends that breed, so he often advises the carers on what kind of dog they should get.
He likes to keep an eye on his dogs over video call – when he speaks to his wife, he uses his whistle to get the dogs to come to the camera.