Implementing digital skills training in care homes: a literature review
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Implementing digital skills training in care homes: a literature review

Deidre Wild Senior research fellow (honorary), Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research, Coventry University
Angela Kydd Associate professor, Edinburgh Napier University
Ala Szczepura Professor of health technology assessment, Coventry University

In the first of two articles, Deidre Wild and colleagues look at the use of technology to increase learning, and possible barriers to its uptake by residents and staff

This article is the first of a two-part series that informs and describes digital skills training using a dedicated console computer provided for staff and residents in a care home setting. This was part of a programme of culture change in a large care home with nursing in Glasgow, Scotland. The literature review shows that over the past decade there has been a gradual increase in the use of digital technology by staff and older people in community settings including care homes. Policy from the European Commission presents a persuasive argument for the advancement of technology-enabled care to counter the future impact of an increased number of people of advanced age on finite health and social care resources. The psychosocial and environmental issues that inhibit or enhance the acquisition of digital skills in care homes are considered and include the identification of exemplar schemes and the support involved.

Nursing Older People. 28, 4,26-29. doi: 10.7748/nop.28.4.26.s22

Correspondence

deidre_wild@btinternet.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 01 October 2015

Accepted: 23 November 2015