It’s never too old to learn say care home

Greenacres Care Home resident Richard Leach (sat down) is on one of the new computer being helped by staff (l-r) Victoria Knights, Sukhjit Atwal and Jill Tighe. Picture: Andrew Roe
Greenacres Care Home resident Richard Leach (sat down) is on one of the new computer being helped by staff (l-r) Victoria Knights, Sukhjit Atwal and Jill Tighe. Picture: Andrew Roe

Greenacres Care Home in Crowle has recently benefitted from an almost £12,000 funding boost from the Government’s Social Care Institute of Excellence.

The money has been put towards special computers which have been embraced by residents who have used the equipment to communicate with relatives thousands of miles away.

Owner Joyce Pinfield said: “Initially I was a little bit sceptical but they have been quite good because a lot of our residents have dementia and the computers have been amazing for them.

“They have been able to reminisce at images on the screen and two residents got to e-mail relatives.

“One family was just off to New Zealand so they were able to send a few pictures to their grandma over here.”

Joyce explained the home takes a proactive approach to residents’ well-being and an activities organiser has previously arranged games, singing, gardening and day trips.

She added: “At the minute we have just got two residents involved with the computer but we are hoping this will increase to about eight.

“We can bring up images of Vera Lynn and get them singing which will help them reminisce. We’re also looking at getting some Wii equipment for the residents.”