Moose in the Hoose – IT Outreach in Edinburgh care homes

Welcome to the Moose In The Hoose

Moose in the Hoose is an IT outreach project run by ACE IT and based in five care homes in Edinburgh. It uses specially trained volunteers to help residents keep in touch with family and friends through access to the Internet, email, Skype and many other computer/iPad based activities.

Together two or three Moose volunteers make two hourly, weekly visits to the care homes and help residents to find out how new technology can help them keep them in touch and stimulated in a range of different ways.

The aims of the Moose in the Hoose project are

• To provide older people living in care homes in Edinburgh with long term, sustainable access to information technology.
• Use the time, skills and commitment of volunteers to provide this access.
• Assist care homes to provide an environment where digital communication and information technology are readily accessible and well supported.
• To reduce social isolation and loneliness among older people by promoting the social aspect of the project and the friendship between volunteers and residents.
• Promote equality by including all older people regardless of ethnic group, sexual orientation or disability.

A short film was made about the Moose in the Hoose project in the summer of 2012 and gives an insight into what happens during a Moose in the Hoose session Click here to view.

It has long been recognised that mental stimulation is vital for the well-being of older people thus reducing hospital admissions by keeping mentally and physically alert. The more that our ageing population becomes dependent on care, the greater is the need for such activity.


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