The UK Government’s Department of Health have ordered 11,000 iPads to allow Senior Home Patients stay in Touch with Family

 

It was reported in the UK yesterday that free iPads will be given out to thousands of care homes to help residents keep in touch with relatives under government plans to prevent another surge in coronavirus deaths.

 

Up to 11,000 tablets are being made available at a total cost of £7.5 million (US$9.66 million) amid fears the sector will be hit by a second wave of Covid-19 over the winter.

 

The giveaway was announced a week after the government’s Adult Social Care Winter Plan set out tighter controls for visits to residents. Care homes in local lockdown areas will have to restrict access to “exceptional circumstances” only, such as when a person is nearing the end of their life.

 

It comes after the government was heavily criticized for failing to protect care homes during the height of the pandemic six months ago. Thousands of hospital patients were discharged into homes

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