New ‘giant tablet’ technology that allows the elderly and people with disabilities to access entertainment, cognitive and physical therapy apps, has proved a big hit with care home residents.
Residents at RMBI Care Co.’s Prince George Duke of Kent Court in Chislehurst, south east London were among the first to trial the cutting edge Yetitablet.
Prince George Duke of Kent Court Activities Coordinator, Valerie Allen, said: “Our residents love our new Yetitablet and can’t believe how easy it is to look things up on the Internet on such a big easy screen. It’s amazing to see the impact that this technology is having already on their health and wellbeing.
“We were able to purchase the Yetitablet through The Association of Friends of Prince George Duke of Kent Court, thanks to the generosity of the Provinces of West and East Kent and Metropolitan Grand Lodge.”
The Yetitablet is the only giant tablet built on an open Android OS. This means it works like a smart phone, so staff require no additional training to use it.
Residents have been using the tech together to research their family histories. One resident, Marguerite Brosnahan, enjoyed investigating whether she was related to Oliver Cromwell, something her grandmother had told her as a child.
Another resident is looking forward to being shown the sights in New Zealand via the giant screen when her daughter travels there later this year.
The Yetitablet has also been used by the residents for Karaoke, word games, quizzes and reminiscence activities, as well as sensory activities, using touch screen apps that burst with colour and relaxing music.