Hi-tech scheme aims to connect Sunderland older people through their televisions

Paul Slaughter with Care Messenger user Mary Laidlow
Paul Slaughter with Care Messenger user Mary Laidlow
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A NEW scheme which connects elderly people with family and friends through their television has been launched in Sunderland.

Care Messenger allows personalised messages to be delivered directly to TV screens via smartphones, the internet and tablets.

The system has been designed for use by people who are not confident with computers and spend more time than any other group in front of their television.

It is being installed into Dovecote Meadow in Sunderland.

Victoria Barclay, regional director from Housing and Care 21, said: “With almost 100 tenants in the new scheme, we have been really pleased with the benefit that our residents have had from Care Messenger.”

It is the brainchild of North-East firm i-Spy Digital. CEO Paul Slaughter said: “We know from Age UK that isolation with the elderly is a major issue. Care Messenger is a way of keeping in touch with older friends and family members by sending messages and pictures from anywhere in the world through to the person’s TV.

“We see it as an excellent way to allow families and carers to communicate with their elderly loved ones and clients.

“It is a very exciting development, which is very simple to install and use. Our aim is to open up a whole new world of contact and communication for the elderly, especially those people whose family do not live near them.”