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  • Care home residents brought up to speed with latest technology

    Danielle Thompson

    STAFF at a care home in Formby have launched a pioneering new initiative – to bring their residents up-to-speed with the latest technology using voice-command devices.

    Athena Health Care Group, who own a number of homes across Sefton and West Lancs, launched their Community Activities Hub last year which unites older people’s services and groups to promote sharing inspirational ideas with activity co-ordinators from care providers across the North West. They also hold joint activity sessions at the Hub’s care homes as well as ‘meaningful’ days out as part of their Ageing Well initiative.

    They also launched their new initiative earlier this year, ‘Care Home Awareness for the Younger Generation’ at Parklands Lodge Care Home, in Southport, with youngsters from YMCA Nursery in Southport. It aims to help the younger generation feel more at ease when visiting an older relative at a home.

    Now, they have teamed up with software company Yozu who provided Alexa devices for residents living at Woodlands Lodge in Formby. Residents will now be able to use the devices to play music on command, find out what the weather is like and hear news updates and turn lights on or off. They can also ask for a radio station to be played.

    Lesley Malone, events organiser for the healthcare group said: “Our ladies and gentlemen are looking forward chatting to Alexa. Yozu are a team of consultants, developers and designers based in Liverpool offering software development services worldwide. They are always on the lookout for opportunities to help others and give back to our local community in and around Merseyside, and Christmas is the perfect time of the year to do so.

    “We are known to be at the forefront of the latest care innovations and we want to push the boundaries once more with the implementation of smart home technology throughout all care homes.”

    Meanwhile, staff at the care home group's Parklnds Lodge Care Home in Southport ave been celebrating after winning the national awards.Suzie Corbett won the 2018 Regional Great British Care Awards, while Lorraine Johns and Maxine Nichol were finalists. The awards are a celebration of excellence across the care sector. The purpose of the awards are to pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

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