Connecting Care bulletin - June 2015

We round-up of the best technology and social care news from the last few weeks. This bulletin is produced exclusively from Lasa for our Department. of Health funded Connecting Care community project. Follow us @LasaICT.

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  1. Connecting Care news from Lasa

    IT Health checks: we can help you plan and implement technology changes that could help you save time and money and deliver more effective services. You can also download our handy 10 Top Tips for making better use of technology in health and social care.

    Digital 'show and tell' events: If you are a small charity providing social care to older people we can show your staff and volunteers how to make use of tablet devices to support independent living. Recent feedback from volunteers who attended a session and then visited a care home included:

    "One resident who has difficulty talking and dementia was able to tell us about an experience she had when her mother asked her not to join the army but her father said she could so she went. She has never previously been able to tell us anything about her life but she kept repeating the story which was fantastic. It was overall really successful and the volunteers felt it was really useful using the technology as a conversation tool. I felt it was one of the most enjoyable sessions we have delivered so far so thank you"
  2. This month we are also taking part in a live chat in the relaunched Chill4Us Carers chat room. We'll be there to answer questions from carers on technology, tablets and apps.

  3. Contact us through the Connecting Care website if you'd like to find out some more about how we can help you with a health check or run a FREE session with your organisation.
  4. Technology News and tips

  5. How the internet still fails disabled people: An article in The Guardian says the web can be liberating for disabled adults – but a lack of training, accessibility and funding means the online world is a step too far for many.
  6. Digital uptake: We have referenced the Lloyds Digital Index in previous e-bulletins, however this graphic from @technologytrust sets out the digital skills gap clearly in numbers.
  7. Box cloud storage donated: We find the Box cloud storage system very useful at Lasa for sharing files and to collaborate with staff who aren't always in the office, so this news from Technology Trust is good news for charities.
  8. Carers' Week round-up: In June Carers week once again highlighted the important role this group of people provide to so many. Digital tools to support this work were highlighted by organisations as well as on our Connecting Care website.
  9. Technology and social care reports: There have been two reports that particularly grabbed our attention this month. Firstly there was the 'New Reality' from Julie Dodd and then the White Paper produced from the discussions at the mHealth Habitat 'People Driven Digital Health' event.
  10. Using Digital Technologies to Live Well

  11. "84% of adults use the internet, but only 2% of the population report any digitally enabled transaction with the NHS. That is an absolutely astonishing figure and one which we should be spending a lot of time looking at." Lord Michael Bichard, Chair Social Care Institute for Excellence
  12. Getting feedback from service users: One care provider has introduced iPads into its homes, so residents can report on their day-to-day experiences in real time and suggest improvements
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