Residential care providers support not only those in later life, but people with mental and physical issues of all ages. The individuals supported may have highly complex needs, which can mean that engaging residents in meaningful tasks and activities can be a significant challenge, in an under resourced environment.
As part of a research project in 2019, Alexa devices were placed with 150 care homes in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Initial results show that using a smart speaker benefited both staff and residents, releasing time to care and helping to engage residents in a variety of ways, including playing age-appropriate music and group quizzes.
Katie will guide a discussion, covering questions and explorations such as:
- If you, or a loved one, are living in residential care, what are your main concerns and challenges concerning care and wellbeing? Could using technology help to ease your concerns? For example, by keeping in contact by using smart speakers with video capability.
- As a provider, are there other ways that smart speakers could help your residents to engage in meaningful activities, or tackle other challenges you may face?
This session will be lead by Katie Edwards, EPIC Research Associate. Please register your place via the Eventbrite webpage* to express your interest in this online event.