The belief that care homes are out of date could be about to change, following a digital initiative that is bringing a 21st-century makeover to the elderly.
Called Digital Hub, it is already being trailed in a number of care homes across the UK. It offers residents the chance to experience new technologies, such as VR, Alexa and Philips Hue lighting, in order to both entertain and compliment the traditional activities of the elderly and physically challenged.
Numerous care homes in the UK have had their technology-enhanced with the use of Amazon Alexa for their residents. Care homes such as Livability Brookside House stated that they believed it allows their residents to gain more independence, as, with the help of Alexa, they are now able to control their television, play music and even control their lights. It is noted that some residents even use their gadgets to set reminders for them to take their medication, or have a drink of water.
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For these residents of Hampton Care Home, Alexa has become an empowering and comforting presence.
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Staff at a care home in London are using smart speakers to look after elderly residents.
with Canford Care and Amazon to bring Alexa-enabled devices to the Hampton Care elderly home. The experiment began in March of last year and focused on bedridden residents and those in the dementia unit. “By starting slowly, we hope to integrate the devices seamlessly into the lives of the residents, being careful not to disrupt their environment.