A simple life story app that has helped families at MHA care homes and retirement living schemes stay connected during lockdown is now helping build face-to-face relationships as homes start to open up for visits once more.
Book of You is a reminiscence tool for people living with dementia and uses words, pictures, music and film to create a biographical digital portrait of an individual.
Methodist Homes (MHA) has been piloting the app at six locations to help build a story of a resident’s life, filled with life events and memories.
Nicola Ugurbascicek, manager at MHA Aughton Park care home (Ormskirk, West Lancashire) where it has been on trial, said: 'Book of You has really helped our residents stay connected with their relatives and friends.
'Memories are captured, and our staff were able to sit with residents and go through the app, prompting conversations. Now outdoor visits are happening again, we can use the app to enable connections to be strengthened once again between residents and relatives.'