Having all sorts of technology at our fingertips is something we can often take for granted in our day-to-day lives, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that members of the older generation aren’t always overly familiar with all the technology available in the modern day – but here at Cumnor Hill House, residents benefit from some of the latest technology. And it really does make a difference to what life is like here.

What technology do we have in our care home?

Well, where to start?! We have top-of-the-range Sonos speakers in all our shared spaces and these are connected by Wi-Fi to iPads. The Sonos speakers are installed in the walls to help create an inbuilt, integrated sound system, and using Sonos app on the iPads, residents can choose the music they’d like playing in each communal room at the touch of a button.

We also have a few other iPads floating around for people to use, which make it easy to surf the web – they are also great for playing games like scrabble and doing crosswords as they offer the ability to zoom right in and enlarge letters and numbers. The iPads also have Skype and FaceTime, so residents can speak to friends and family members no matter where they are in the world – we even have people who love taking selfies!

Virtual reality is a wonderful thing and we use it here in our CQC-rated ‘Outstanding’ care home in Cumnor to assist residents who struggle to travel. It allows them to be transported to the beach, to go for a thrilling ride on a rollercoaster, see the Big Smoke from the London Eye, to go swimming with dolphins… the choices are out of this world, and our residents can experience them all from the comfort of our home.

How does it make Cumnor Hill House care home a great place to live?

Our iPad-controlled Sonos speakers promote choice – they let residents listen to the music they like, so they’re not stuck with the same songs on the local radio station day in, day out. Able to stream music through Spotify, the musical world is our residents’ oyster.

With other iPads available for use, we’ve opened all sorts of doors for our residents, who can play games whenever they’d like to, stay in touch with friends and family more easily and learn new things – after all, we never stop learning.

Virtual reality is simply amazing. It provides our residents here at Cumnor Hill House with a valuable added source of engagement and stimulation. It has been proven to help entice those living with dementia to interact more, and they’re free to try out new things in a safe environment.

If you’d like to find out more about the wide range of technology we use here in our care home in Cumnor, please pop in and speak to a member of the team. And we’re always open to new ideas, so please do make suggestions if you think of anything that could enhance our offering!