Digital games were introduced into the sessions to begin with, like Solitaire, bowling apps and puzzles. For some members it would be a struggle to use the touch screen and it would take time to show them how to use it. There was a focus on making sure they didn’t become frustrated with the technology. The members really enjoyed the games and many couldn’t believe they were using an iPad.
By pairing the familiar with the unfamiliar, members were gently welcomed into the world of digital technology and all of the benefits it can bring. Some of the reluctant members were inspired to take part by the more confident personalities and it provided lots of laughter and a fantastic atmosphere in the room.
The team used a simple drawing app where members would use only their fingers on the tablets to draw. It was important that the session was social, so they gave one iPad to two members so they could play together instead of in isolation.
They kept the games simple and played noughts and crosses and hangman. The members loved using the technology and making the shapes with their fingers. It was something they could do so no one was left out. The carers said they felt like Picasso after creating artwork and colourings in such a short space of time.
One said: “As a carer we deserve a break too, and finding an enjoyable activity to do like this makes my day.”