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Bideford care home residents benefit from new interactive tablet

Residents from Care South’s Kenwith Castle care home in Bideford, Devon have experienced endless entertainment from a new interactive tablet. Residents are thrilled about the never-ending possibilities at their fingertips as they are able to complete puzzles, word games, colouring, play music and more on the device.

The interactive tablet was purchased with a grant from the Enhanced Health in Care Homes (EHCH) reconditioning initiative via Bideford Medical Centre. Home Manager, Amanda successfully completed an application process with details of what the home was going to purchase with the money and how this would benefit residents at Kenwith Castle.

One of the major health benefits of residents using computers is keeping their minds active. Scientists have found that when seniors play online games it improves their memory and helps maintain other cognitive skills as well as arm movement, encouraging more active lifestyles both mentally and physically. The tablet also features a variety of lovely sensory apps which incorporate simple use of colour and interaction and are targeted at those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It is also a wonderful device for residents who have lost their dexterity and benefit from larger screen controls that are more forgiving of shaky hands.

Michelle O’Brien, Activities Organiser at Kenwith Castle said: “This is a very exciting time for us at Kenwith Castle. Residents have had a wonderful time following the instructions on the tablet on how to draw a rabbit in celebration of Chinese New Year. Even those who did not have experience drawing took part, using the device to listen to instructions slowly. Playing the piano, creating rabbits in all different shapes and sizes, and even adding some Chinese writing, the interactive tablet has provided endless fun for Kenwith Castle residents and is a tool that will continue to benefit all.

Marie, resident at Kenwith Castle added: “I learnt to play the piano at the age of eight years old with my mother teaching me. Music has been my life and I have not been able to play for years because of my fingers and hands not having enough strength but this has helped me to play again and has brought back warm memories.

Kenwith Castle is set in the heart of North Devon’s coastal countryside, Bideford in Devon and is rated ‘Outstanding’ by CQC. Care South is a not-for-profit charity and leading provider of residential and home care across the south of England. Care South is proud to have been awarded the National Top 20 Large Care Home Group 2022 by carehome.co.uk as voted for by residents, families and friends.

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