A recent report by carehome.co.uk has revealed that the elderly
are being increasingly 'excluded from modern society' because care
homes are failing to provide internet access.
The report goes on to explain that only one is six of 20,000
care homes in the UK provide residents with internet access despite
evidence that using sites such as Facebook can actively reduce
isolation and improve quality of life.
Evidence compiled by carehome.co.uk suggests that only 3,400 out
of the 20,000 homes provide internet access. That's only 17 percent
of care homes enabling residents supporting the elderly to stay
connected with modern society, have greater independence through
activities such as shopping online and keeping in touch with family
Baroness Greengross, chief executive of the International
Longevity Centre, said: "This is an area that really needs to be
addressed to ensure that care home residents are fully included in
"It is so important for the intellectual and emotional
well-being of older people enabling them to connect through friends
and family by email, Facebook and Skype.
"I would urge all care homes to have ICT as an integral part of
their homes as it is a vital part of residential care."
To read more about the report visit the carehome.co.uk