Dementia residents introduced to the world of internet

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Residents at Carlingwark Care home in Castle Douglasare being brought bang into 2015 following the donation of computer equipment recently.

The equipment ,from Winifred Kennedy Trust, will now help the home’s 30 people who live with dementiato keep in touch with friends and family via the new technology.

The home applied for the donation from Winnifred Kennedy Trust, a local grant-making body that supports community groups, after identifying that providing dedicated internet access for residents could enable them to stay connected and enjoy more interactive reminiscence sessions. The grant purchased a new computer, which can be used by all residents.

Staff say the ability to surf the internet has transformed the lives of residents. Many now enjoy catching up online with relatives who live outside of Castle Douglas, using Skype and email. Residents also enjoy following the news, visiting websites related to their hobbies and interests, and reminiscing about important events in their lives, online.

“They are supported to use the computer by staff members, and many have quickly developed IT skills.

Mandy Kennedy, Day Care Support Worker at Carlingwark House, secured the grant. She said: “The new computer equipment is proving very popular with residents.

“It has enabled them to enjoy their hobbies, be reminded of things that were important to them in the past, and stay in touch with the people and things that matter to them now.

“Many residents have been in touch with relatives who live in different countries using Skype. Others, who were born outside of Castle Douglas, have been able to revisit online the places they grew up – using tools like Google Street View.”