Regenda Group is helping elderly residents in its sheltered schemes to learn how to access the web and email through a new online service which lets them use the internet safely from the comfort of their communal lounges.
Known as MyLinqs, the simple and secure web-based TV system has been specially developed for older people, allowing them to enjoy a variety of online services such as keeping in touch with friends and family through free video and voice calls, sending and receiving text messages, watching TV clips of their favourite programmes and taking part in online quizzes. MyLinqs is being piloted in five of Regenda’s independent living communities.
Andy Carberry, head of independent living, Regenda Group, said: “Our MyLinqs pilot is part of our newly launched independent living programme, which is about supporting older people to maintain their daily routines and continue to enjoy their social interests, while we’re here when needed. MyLinqs allows them to learn new skills which are important to retaining their independence.”