The toolkit was published to mark Get Online Week – the UK’s largest digital inclusion campaign.

It aims to help organisations support older patients to benefit from digital and includes a guide for working with elderly and isolated people.

Last week also saw Good Things Foundation publish a number of key recommendations, to support the digital upskilling of older patients.

They include:

  • Embedding digital inclusion in any needs assessment for older people
  • Ensuring digital inclusion runs throughout five-year strategic plans
  • Considering the social aspect of learning digital skills in groups which can help to reduce isolation
  • Investment in digital inclusion services for older people from councils and housing associations

Chief executive Helen Milner said she hoped the recommendations would allow organisations working across the health and care sectors and supporting older people to do more with digital.

“Digital has the potential to have a huge impact on the lives of older people – helping them to be less isolated, to better manage their health, and to do more of the things they love,” she said.

“Through our Pathfinder projects, we’ve seen first hand the huge impact digital can have, and we need to ensure everyone is supported to develop both the skills and motivation to make the most of it.”

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