The UK Government has announced it is to offer iPads to help care homes provide care to residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The devices will help care home residents receive ongoing care and stay connected to family members and loved ones throughout the winter period by minimising the number of people entering a care home.
Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said: “These tablets will be the gateway for so many residents to connect with loved ones, and allow staff to quickly access digital NHS services and information, to help stop Covid-19 outbreaks in their tracks.”
The iPads will allow staff in care homes to:
• Hold video consultations with health and care professionals
• Use NHSmail (a secure NHS internal email service)
• Connect care home residents with loved ones remotely
• Get direct access to any other tools or systems needed to support the care of residents
What can care homes use the iPad for?
The devices can be used with any applications and tools to help in the care of residents, and SIM cards will be provided free of charge with a 12-month contract for care homes without a stable wi-fi connection in all areas of the building.
Which care homes can apply for an iPad?
Care homes that receive some or all of their funding for residential care from the NHS or from a local authority can apply. However, the number of total devices available within the scheme is limited, so only care homes that meet the eligibility criteria will be able to receive an iPad.
How many devices can a care home apply for?
Care homes are eligible for one to two iPads based on the number of devices they currently have to the number of beds.
How to apply for an iPad
To apply for an iPad, care homes can fill in this form.
Care homes will be contacted to let them know the outcome of their application.