In November 2020 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the Scottish Government had identified new funding to provide around 1,400 care homes in Scotland with digital devices to connect those receiving care with their loved ones. The £1 million fund will enable all care homes in Scotland to access iPads to help care home residents stay connected with friends and relatives, and support the clinical management of health conditions remotely.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:
Digital devices can never replace human interaction and we continue both to actively review what more we can do to support visiting with input from family members, carers, and clinicians and finalise our plans for routine designated visitor testing. But the pandemic has shown us that digital technology can help keep us in touch with our loved ones and provide vital access to healthcare through services such as Near Me for video consultations. This fund will give care home residents an additional way to keep in touch with family and friends. Staying connected will be even more important as we approach winter, and the Scottish Government is committed to doing everything we can to prepare and support care home residents and the staff who look after them.
The TEC Digital Approaches in Care Homes project was launched in December 2020 and aims to guide, inform and co-ordinate support for care homes to maximise the benefits of implementing the use of digital technology.
We recognise the diversity of care homes, providers and their needs and strive to adapt to emerging challenges for care home teams and providers. We are also working closely with care home staff and stakeholders to co-design responses that bring real on-the-ground help to care homes.
All our work is person centred and seeks to provide equality of access for all residents and staff which are consistent with the National Health and Care Standards.
The programme’s three pillars of delivery are:
- There is superfast broadband connectivity, or the equivalent, into and within all areas of the care home.
- Devices and technical support are available for all residents to support their health and wellbeing and for staff to provide quality care to support the needs of individuals
- Relevant data about care home residents and services is collected, held and shared digitally; data and systems are secure; and reporting requirements are standardised.
- A range of digital services to support the health, wellbeing and independence of residents are available.
- Residents are supported to choose how and when to use these.
- New services are designed with residents, their families and staff.
Digital Leadership & Skills
- Sector leaders support adoption of digital solutions and building capabilities.
- Staff have digital skills to provide the care and support needed by residents.
- Residents have the skills and confidence to benefit from the digital services that are available.
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