Glen lives in Leighton Buzzard’s Tudor Court sheltered housing scheme and is part of the Mindings trial to help the technology-shy be better connected to their families.
Mindings won a competition in December last year run by the East of England local Government Association and NHS Midlands and East to find innovative new products and services to reduce social isolation and help keep older people out of long-term care.
Glen, who lives at Tudor Court sheltered housing, said:
“It’s a nice way of keeping in touch with my family, I love seeing the photos they send me. It’s lovely in the morning to walk into my lounge and see some new pictures of my grandchildren and great grandchildren – it really cheers me up. They think it’s brilliant too!”
Councillor Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care, Health and Housing, said:
“This is a really exciting opportunity for older people to get connected. We know not all people like or use new technology, but the Mindings service is a great way for people to stay in contact with their loved ones in a really simple but meaningful way. The beauty of it is, that as well as sharing lovely photos and Facebook messages, it is also a great way of sending reminders about important things like Doctors appointments.”
Do you know of someone who lives in the Central Bedfordshire or Cambridge regions, is over 70 years of age and might be interested in being a Mindings trialist? You’ll be helping us develop the service and make it even better for people who are socially isolated and technology-shy, to help them be better connected to their family and friends.
Get in touch with Lorna Walker on 0300 300 5047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for registering your interest is September 2.
We’ll supply the Mindings device, we’ll arrange for a broadband internet connection, and we’ll set it all up for you!
(Story from the Leighton Buzzard Observer)