Local home care company switches on tech support for older people with new companionship cafés

Older people struggling to use technology and surf the web safely can be a thing of the past thanks to a new companionship café run by local home care company, Home Instead

According to Age UK, 42% of over 75s don’t go online due to lack of knowledge, mistrust or not having access to technology. The companionship café will give older people the chance to learn digital skills and become more tech savvy. Whether they want to learn how to book a GP appointment or keep in touch with family and friends, the Home Instead team is on hand to give their support.

Sadly, falling victim to a scam is all too common for older people. Home Instead is keen to show what the common online scams are, as well as how to identify and report them.

The café is possible thanks to Home Instead Charities. It provides grants to initiatives that help ageing adults have an enjoyable life and stay connected to others in the community. Using funds provided by The Access Foundation, Home Instead Charities has been able to purchase devices such as laptops and iPads for older people to use at the various companionship cafés which have been set up across the UK.

David Bassett, owner of Home Instead East Hertfordshire, says: “Online banking and FaceTiming your family might be something most of us take for granted. But it’s key we don’t forget that there’s a whole generation of people who might not feel confident using technology and navigating the online world.

“Our companionship cafés give older people the chance to get more from technology. Maybe you’re a complete beginner and want to know what the internet has to offer? Or perhaps you’re already quite tech savvy and want to make sure you’re getting the full benefits of your new iPad? Whatever stage you’re at, we’re here to offer tech advice along with a friendly chat over a cup of tea and a slice of cake.”

The cafes are completely free and welcome all older adults. They will run every Friday from 14th April at New Apton Centre in Bishop’s Stortford, from 10:30am to 12 noon.

For more information on the companionship cafés, Home Instead’s care services, or career opportunities, call 01279 721443.