TECHNOLOGY FOR THOSE IN NEED IN LOCKDOWN
The EU-funded mPower team, at NHS Western Isles, has adapted its working practices, to continue helping the housebound during the coronavirus outbreak.
mPower uses digital support to enable elderly people, in remote areas to live safely and independently in their own homes, by introducing them to various health and wellbeing assistance.
Sue Long, mPower, leads the four-person team covering the whole of the Western Isles, helping the elderly and those who have long-term health conditions and chronic illnesses, to create wellbeing plans, in a bid to improve their day to day lives.
Sue Long commented:
“One of the main things we've been focusing on over the past couple of months is keeping people connected. All care homes across the Western Isles have been supplied with iPads by the NHS, so we've been helping residents use this technology to keep in touch with their families
“We have trained the Care Home Managers how to allow the family meetings to happen. The ‘daily ceilidh’ for residents in Bernera and Uig, is another great example It’s an online coffee morning that takes place every day, where people can come together and chat to others.
“Videoconferencing technology is also being used to remotely connect people with health professionals, so they don’t have to be seen by a doctor in person. This is hugely helpful for people who live in remote communities across the Western Isles.”