Over 100 iPads handed out to council care homes

59 days ago

More than 100 iPads are being handed out to council care homes in Carmarthenshire so that residents can communicate face to face with their loved ones.

It comes after visiting restrictions were placed on residential homes across the UK in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The 110 tablets will be distributed across the seven homes, which accommodate 248 beds, and will ensure residents maintain contact via video calling their families and relatives whilst they are staying indoors to protect from the risk of contracting coronavirus.

Staff have been working closely with families to ensure they keep contact with their loved ones in this evolving situation.

Executive board member for social care, Cllr Jane Tremlett said: “We are pleased we have been able to provide all our care homes with iPads which will help residents to keep in touch with their family members during these unprecedented and challenging times. Understandably these necessary restrictions placed on our care homes will cause distress to both the relative and resident so the use of this technology will hopefully help to close that gap. Already we have seen some positive results and residents have been overjoyed to see their family faces.”

The council is also urgently recruiting carers to help support older and vulnerable residents of Carmarthenshire as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Staff are needed throughout Carmarthenshire, must be 18-years-old, can start immediately and able to work up to 16 hours a week.

Experience is desirable but not essential as training will be given. Good rates of pay are being offered and flexible hours. Full and part-time, permanent and temporary contracts are available.

The application process has been made easier, so only the mandatory fields on the application form will need to be completed along with a brief statement about any care provided previously.

Those who have not worked in a work setting can instead state why they think they would make a good carer.

Applicants will be contacted by telephone following an application.

Please visit the council’s jobs pages to apply.