The tech-savvy residents of Millennium care are able to stay personally connected with friends and family during the ongoing pandemic.
Residents in Millennium care homes across Lancashire are connected with video calling and new technology with the aim to reduce the feeling of loneliness and keep people connected until they are able to socialise again.
Loneliness is something that can affect the elderly at the best of times, but perhaps none more so than during this lockdown – where seeing those you care about the most face to face is not an option.
With social distancing measures in place and all non-essential visits from family and friends temporarily stopped, Millennium care homes have been using Facebook portal not only to help residents stay connected with family and friends but to continue with popular activities and even learn a new skill; Makaton sign language.
Windsor House care home in Standish Wigan are using FaceTime to continue with some of their favourite activities including Lego Therapy and Performance poetry, Kitty Short from Creative confidence who provides the home with activities and Lego therapy is a regular visitor to Millennium care homes.
Kitty Short say’s “Using FaceTime has been an invaluable communication method for residents at Millennium care during what is a challenging time, We are using Facebook portal for many different things every day, residents in Millennium care homes are able to enjoy Lego Therapy, Performance poetry, some homes are learning Makaton Sign language and much more.”
Plans are in place for an outdoor music concert next Wednesday, Kitty from Creative Confidence will be using the grounds at Worthington Lake care home to put on a concert that can be enjoyed at a safe distance from balcony’s and ground floor room patios of the home.
Syma Haider a Director at Millennium care say’s “I am delighted to see the positive impact the Portals are having upon the well-being of residents and also their family members near and far. The homes have remained connected with outside entertainment which the residents would have missed dearly otherwise. The use of technology has meant that everyone can still remain connected at a very difficult time for everyone.”
For more information on Millennium care homes visit www.millennium-care.co.uk