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Care home tech­nol­ogy

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Judith Ton­ner

Four Mon­k­lands care homes are to ben­e­fit from new video tech­nol­ogy which will al­low res­i­dents to link up with coun­ter­parts in other homes and even into health ser­vices.

Raw­yards care home in Ai rdr i e , Wood­side care home in Coat­bridge, Hil­lend View in Calder­cruix and Mon­k­lands House in Plains are to be in­cluded in the lat­est group to join the NHS La­nark­shire’s tele­health ser­vices project.

It has seen res­i­dents from eight homes across the county get­ting to­gether via a tele­vised link to share in a group sin­ga­long and chair-based ex­er­cises.

Now plans are in hand to bring the Air­drie and Coat­bridge homes on­line – with the so­cial gath­er­ings by video also paving the way for fu­ture health uses.

Health board staff aim for the sys­tem to be used for vir­tual clin­i­cal con­sul­ta­tions and sup­port for res­i­dents from a range of ser­vices.

Tele­health pro­gramme man­ager Morag Hearty said: “The ini­tia­tive is at its early stages but the results we’re see­ing bode ex­tremely well.

“Ben­e­fits in­clude ease of ac­ces­si­bil­ity and help­ing res­i­dents main­tain their own in­de­pen­dence with­out hav­ing to leave their homely set­ting for rou­tine checks, where safe and ap­pro­pri­ate.

“The value of the other ac­tiv­i­ties shouldn’t be un­der­es­ti­mated – tech­nol­ogy al­lows peo­ple to re­main con­nected and forge new re­la­tion­ships.”

Link up Raw­yards care home is among those set to ben­e­fit

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