Digital Inclusion Connecting Residents in Scotland’s Care Homes
With the Adult social care – winter preparedness plan: 2020 to 2021 and the Digital Approaches in Care Homes Action Plan 2020-21 the Scottish Government has committed funding to ensure that all of Scotland’s care homes have access to digital devices, connectivity and support to help their residents enjoy the benefits of online access.
The purpose of this funding is to provide residents in care homes with a package solution that enables them to use digital devices to support their health, wellbeing and connection with family and friends.
The digital package consists of a combination of the following:
· A tablet (iPad) / laptop
· Mifi dongle
· Data package for 4G connection
· Staff skills development opportunities
In the pre-Christmas period 2020, the available offer is an iPad, and a mifi dongle enabled with a data package for care homes without wifi. We expect to add Chromebooks to the offer in early 2021.
Initially we aim to give priority to registered care homes that lack sufficient devices for use by or with residents, and already have the necessary connectivity, either though wifi or a suitable 4G signal. We urge care homes in this situation to apply early, so that we can seek to support a solution prior to Christmas.
Together with the digital package different types of digital skills development opportunities will be made available for care home staff supporting residents.
It is important that the purposes of this funding are fulfilled. We therefore have three asks of the participating care homes:
· The device will be used by, or with, the residents in your care home
· You will participate in the ongoing impact evaluation of the initiative
· Staff will be able to engage with skills development opportunities if needed.
We will be accepting applications continuously until early 2021; however, if at all possible, please submit your application before 30 November 2020 to be considered for a digital package before Christmas. Applications will be reviewed once per calendar month, the first time being between 1-4 December 2020. We would expect decisions on awards made in that period to result in devices to be distributed later in December 2020.
To start your application please click here.
If you have any problems applying, please email nss.DigiCareHome@nhs.scot
Digital Inclusion Connecting Residents in Scotland’s Care Homes is an initiative led by Scottish Government delivered with Connecting Scotland, in collaboration with COSLA, Care Inspectorate, Coalition of Care Providers Scotland, Scottish Social Services Council and Scottish Care.
Letter to Scotland’s Care Home Managers from Margaret Whoriskey, Head of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation: