Helping older people stay in touch with smart devices

Richella Wood, Wicklow County Council Age Friendly Alliance Programme, and Lorna Lafferty, BAP, delivering the smart devices to a nursing home.

Bray Area Partnership is providing smart tablet devices to nursing homes in the Bray and North Wicklow areas to help residents stay in touch with their family and friends during COVID-19.

The initiative is resourced through the partnership's Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP), with support from the Wicklow County Council Age Friendly Alliance Programme, and in collaboration with Dublin North West Area Partnership Company.

The photo shows Richella Wood from Wicklow County Council's Age Friendly Alliance Programme and Lorna Lafferty from Bray Area Partnership delivering the smart devices to a local nursing home.

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on older people in our community”, says Bray Area Partnership CEO Peter Brennan. “Not being able to see family and friends so regularly has been devastating for many. We wanted to help tackle that isolation by providing these smart devices."

So far nine nursing homes in Bray, Greystones, Kilcoole and Enniskerry have received the smart devices and are looking forward to the difference they will make to residents’ lives.

Earlsbrook House in Bray plans to use them so residents can communicate with families abroad, but also to allow activities like their volunteer musicians playing virtually for residents via Zoom.

Roseville Nursing Home says the devices will give residents the opportunity to connect with friends and family they’ve not been in contact with in recent months. They say that “while Roseville has remained COVID-19 free, elderly people cocooning at home have not been able to visit, so residents being able to use the devices to keep in touch with them is truly a blessing in these uncertain times”.

To find out more contact Jennifer Jones or Lorna Lafferty at the Partnership on 01 286 8266.