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Free access to news during coronavirus crisis

Older and vulnerable people in care and nursing homes feeling isolated due to coronavirus can now get free access to an online version of their favourite newspaper or magazine.

Digital news provider PressReader is offering care and nursing homes free access to thousands of online newspapers and magazines for the next two months.

Mike Padgham, a care provider from Scarborough and chair of the Independent Care Group, is working with his daughter Chantel to bring this access to news to care and nursing home residents. Chantel is Business Development Manager with PressReader.

Mr Padgham said: ‘We understand that during these challenging times, when visits are curtailed and older and vulnerable people might be feeling isolated it could be useful for them to access a favourite newspaper or magazine.

‘This very kind gesture from PressReader could prove very, very useful to a lot of people in care and nursing homes and we are really grateful for the offer.’

Care technology provider Person Centred Software is also opening up its Relatives Gateway platform to all UK care homes free of charge to help them maintain communication with families during these unprecedented times.

The software will allow secure social media style messages and photos to be shared between care home residents and their families, it will also give carers an efficient way to provide wellbeing updates to concerned loved ones.

Any care or nursing homes who would like to take advantage of PressReader’s offer should contact chantelp@pressreader.com or 07904 838038.

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