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Elderly increasingly excluded by lack of internet access

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 or friends.

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 today's society.

"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 website.

Last Updated : 28 August 2013. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.