- Set up wi-fi in each common area across 37 council sheltered housing complexes.
- Pilot period in which local primary school pupils assisted with teaching tenants how to use technology and develop skills and to test new software developed for roll out to all sheltered housing complexes.
Each sheltered housing complex is now linked to a local primary school to help develop relationships between younger and older people and to
increase the range of benefits possible through digital inclusion in sheltered housing.
Main benefits and impacts include:
- Improved health and wellbeing of older people achieved through improved social inclusion and reduced social isolation
- Improved relationships between younger and older people contributing to more resilient and cohesive communities
- Increased learning opportunities
- Improved opportunities to carry out daily tasks increasing capacity for independent living
Overall the project has been successful. However, we learned relatively early on in the project that the hardware purchased was not the most appropriate for older people and through this project we switched from the laptops purchased for the complexes to tablets/ipads which tenants
advised were much more usable.
We also spent a significant amount of time developing new software for the laptops to ensure that the previous person’s browser/user history was
erased for security reasons and to prevent the onerous and not feasible task of a sheltered housing officer manually doing this for each person
who used the laptops.
In the end we didn’t require this software due to us switching hardware. So the lesson in this project is about testing the hardware in a small
project group/pilot cohort firstly before rolling out to other developments.