A CARE home has bought some state-of-the-art technology to get its residents up to speed with computers.
Aberdeen House Care Home in Stockerston Road, Uppingham, has invested money into two touch-screen computers which are specially designed for the elderly to use. They have large text screens and a manageable mouse, which is ideal for people with arthritis or sight problems.
Staff have been trained to help people to use the equipment and the residents are already keen to start using it.
Deputy manager Alison Byford said: “It is great for people whose families don’t live around here to keep in touch with them when they go away.
“We have one 101-year-old lady who can’t wait to get on Skype.”
The new computers will also help the care home, which has been under new ownership for the last six months, to reach Care Quality Commission standards.
Mrs Byford said: “The Commision looks at the ways we engage people’s minds and keep them active. These computers will allow our residents to learn, engage and play games.”
Aberdeen House has 18 bedrooms and was bought by Rakesh Kotecha six months ago.