Care Home Resources

Connecting Scotland’s Care Homes: Introductory Resources

There are a number of resources online that can support residents and staff in using the device. We have put together a collection of resources that may be helpful as a starting point. As we build our understanding of how the devices are being used and people’s aspirations for use, we will continue to update and add more resources.

You can visit our how-to guides here.

You can view our Introduction to support with your devices session here:

Getting set up with the ipad

There are a range of videos available on the Connecting Scotland website that can help you in setting up the iPad, and also in setting different features like making the text bigger so that the device is more accessible:

Connecting Scotland also have supporting literature that can be downloaded to help you setting up your iPad:

Connecting Scotland have a hotline available that you can contact for technical support. The helpline email address is for any queries about the programme.

The telephone number is: 0800 059 0690

The helpline is open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm.

Organisations such as AbilityNet, may also be able to support you and/or residents in using the device: or telephone 0800 048 7642.


You may wish to think about some of the practicalities of using the device in your care home including where it can be charged, infection control etc.  

Guidance on Infection control can be found here.

Thinking about your own skills and confidence in digital

Building your own confidence in using digital is really important for enabling you to support residents in using the iPad. 

In terms of your role as a Digital Champion, the Connecting Scotland website has a lot of resources available on their Digital Champion page.

There is also a digital skills checklist that will help you think about your own skills and identify where you might need more support to develop.

Connecting Scotland are also hosting Digital Champion training sessions for care homes on the following dates:

Tuesday 22 June 10:00 – 11:30

You can book to join a training session via the booking form.  

The SSSC provide support for staff with digital skills development via the 23 things digital series of bite size learning.

The Open University also offer a free online course to support your digital confidence.

Additionally, YouTube has videos to demonstrate a range of digitally orientated tasks.

Supporting residents

The Connecting Scotland website has some helpful tips in how to support other people to use the device: Supporting a new learner.

Have a look at the Citizen part of the website too: How to stay safe online.

AbilityNet have useful resources on the ‘My computer, My way’ section of the web site to support enabling accessibility features on devices to meet personalised need.

Alzheimer Scotland has resources that may help you find ways that you can support people using digital devices.

Staying safe online

There are a number of resources available to help you stay safe online:

SSSC – Staying safe online


Open University

Activities and apps

There are a wide range of Apps available on your iPad.  Some are free and some may incur a charge. Noughts and crosses, solitaire, jigsaws and painting by numbers are all activities that have been recommended by people living in care homes.  You will be responsible for any purchases made on device you have received. Apple App Store.

The organization ‘Luminate’ have collated a guide to apps for creative  activities which may give some ideas.

Virtual visiting

A range of online meeting providers exist, and most are free.  You might want to use a range of platforms based on which the family or friends are familiar with using.  Zoom, Skype, Google Meet are some examples. 

You will be able to find more details for these on the internet and if you need help on downloading them onto your device you can contact Connecting Scotland or AbilityNet or you might find a helpful video on YouTube.

Ensuring that residents have access to an appropriate space for virtual visits to take place would be needed along with providing the right level of support. You may want to consider which device suits the resident best if you have multiple options as some residents may find a larger screen such as a tablet, laptop or TV better while others may prefer a smaller screen such as a mobile device for a video call.

Virtual appointments

Clinical appointments are now frequently offered using Near Me. Near me has more details about the service delivery method.  In some areas of Scotland meetings with social work and social care staff may take place virtually too.


A range of activities are available for use on a mobile device.

These could be from playing games or doing jigsaws, to reading or listening to music, from yoga to virtual visits.  You can search these online or your local library may have resources that you can access – such as local photographs, daily newspapers and films.

Some local events may be able to be joined remotely too including worship and faith groups.

Group activities

Some care homes have smart TVs and have used them to host sessions collectively in a communal area, this may be a way of continuing to provide collective activities, such as joining live events. However, even a laptop and projector could be used to project and participate in a virtual session in a communal area when joining a live event.

Using your iPad to play music during mealtimes or other times during the day might be enjoyable to those living in your care home.

Luminate have also developed a series of videos covering a range of group and creative activities. 

Local resources 

Your local libraries and museums service will have a range of items that are available digitally.  These will include, ebooks, online newspapers, music, music, films and access to tours and virtual events and much more.

You should be able to find a local contact to provide guidance but get in touch with the TEC Digi Care Home team if you find this difficult and we will help.  Our email address is: 

Faith groups

Most faith groups provide access to services and support from others in their community.  An online search should identify Scotland wide and local activity based on the faith group you are seeking.

Popular media

The BBC and other media platforms provide a vast range of material including access to current programmes, archives, and specialist items. These will potentially support you in personalised activities.


Luminate is Scotland’s creative ageing organisation, running a diverse programme of creative events and activities throughout the year.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visit here.

All learn, all share

We hope that you find these resources useful.

As you use your digital device we hope that you will share your experiences, sending us stories of activities that people have engaged with and the sites that you have found. Our email address is: 

This way we can pass on useful information to our care homes digital champions – 

Enjoy your digital journey…

Inspiring Digital Activities

On the following pages are a range of links to websites and activities that may be of benefit to those you support.  

In providing this material we are not making any recommendations, purely raising awareness of the range of options that care homes can now access.  Some material may incur a charge to access or use and you will be responsible for that payment.


Golden Carers

BBC Dementia Memories

Book of You

Tangible Memories

Memory Archive


The People History

Sporting Memories Network


History Pin




BBC iPlayer




BBC Music Memories


Playlist for Life

Virtual reality

BBC Rewind


A Walk Through Dementia

Game Change VR


Dinosaur Park

Cardboard Demo

Rabbit Mountain Rollercoaster

The Way Back VR

and other VR from Oculus:

National Geographic

Slice & Dice

Wonders of the World

The Body VR

Guided Meditation

Collated by the DigiCareHomes Programme Team and also informed by the information shared by Digital Communities Wales.

December 2020

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