Tablet initiative connects those in care

Tablet initiative connects those in care

Cavan County Council has provided nursing homes in the county with new tablet devices and three months’ data connection to ensure that residents who have been unable to see family or friends can remain in contact with loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published on: 28 May 2020

A device has been provided to each unit in HSE nursing homes in the County, with two Samsung Galaxy Tablets going to Lisdarn Unit for the Elderly, Cavan, two to the John Sullivan Home, Cavan, two to Virginia Nursing Home, and one to Breffni Care, Ballyconnell. In addition, grants of €1,000 have been issued to private nursing homes across Cavan to purchase tablets. 

The tablets have been specially configured by the Council’s IT staff to be used by nursing home residents and will provide a vital link to the outside world during what can be a period of great isolation. 

The initiative has been undertaken with support from the Department of Community and Rural Development Covid-19 Emergency Fund, a grant programme to provide funding for one-off costs to groups that are directly involved in the Community Call response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Cavan County Council is, along with the HSE, An Garda Síochána, Cavan GAA, Cavan County Local Development, and a range of community, voluntary organisations and state agencies, part of the Cavan Community Response Forum, which co-ordinates the massive community response on the ground to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Tommy Ryan, Chief Executive of Cavan County Council, and chair of Cavan Community Response Forum, said “We in Cavan County Council, our HSE colleagues, and indeed all our partners in the Community Response Form are acutely aware of the mental strain this pandemic has placed on our most vulnerable citizens and on their families. We are delighted to be able to use this funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development to provide a window to the outside world for the residents of Cavan’s nursing home to allow them communicate with their families until such time as they can meet again.” 

The Cavan Community Call Helpline is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm for those who are cocooning, isolated, or vulnerable and require assistance with essentials. If you need help with food shopping, getting medicine, transport to medical appointments or social supports, call freephone 1800 300 404 or email 

Caption: Pictured is John Donohoe, Head of Community, Enterprise and Tourism, Cavan County Council presenting the tablets to fellow Cavan Community Response Forum member Orla Curran, HSE Primary Care Social Worker, Cavan-Monaghan.