- Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Even when they are the other side of the world!
At Eton Park care centre in Nottingham, Skype sessions are now a regular, weekly activity for many residents.
Residents have been chatting online to families in Japan, the Isle of Skye and Vancouver.
Barbara, pictured, was one of the first residents to use the new Skype facility. She was missing speaking regularly with her daughter, who owns a successful business in the Isle of Skye, and finds it hard to get down as much as she would like to see her mum.
They can now chat face to face on a regular basis, which really makes Barbara’s day.
Jenny, Activities Coordinator at Eton Park care centre, said; “At the end of the Skype session Barbara always tells me how sad she was feeling before the session and just seeing her daughter has lifted her spirits. Barbara has taken to the Skype sessions really well and even taps the screen to get her daughter’s attention when she wants to speak! It’s lovely to see.”
Another resident, George, has a weekly Skype session with his son, John, in Japan. He can now see and share the family events, which he may otherwise have missed- he was able to see his daughter-in-law pregnant and then, his new baby granddaughter very soon after she was born.
Following the success of the Skype project, EHG is now in the process of introducing the technology in every home across the group.