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Skypes the limit- 90 year- old Esther speaks to her daughter in Montana USA

by david.nunes

Skypes the limit- 90 year- old Esther speaks to her daughter

in Montana USA


A lady from Hanover’s flag ship Extra Care housing estate in Tadcaster, West Yorkshire who was born in the roaring 20’s, has vivid memories of Black Tuesday and remembers the invention of the first mechanical television has taken her first Skype master class.


Popple Well Springs resident 90 year-old Esther Backhouse was joined by Age Uk National Internet Champion Margaret Goodwin for an internet master class which included a whole host of top tips including; an introduction to Skype, television streaming and some money saving tips.


Esther said: “I really enjoyed speaking to my daughter in Montana. “Afterwards Margaret even showed me how to watch my favourite period dramas on my lap top.”


The master class comes hot on the heels of the launch of the Tunstall Suite, a dedicated room where residents can go to use the internet for free.


Age Uk and Hanover Internet Champion Margaret Goodwin said: “Esther took to Skype like a duck to water.”


“Being on a pensioner’s income can mean a huge financial adjustment. “You need all of the bargains you can get and the internet is the best place to find them.


“So whether you are keen to keep in touch with family or fancy trying out internet dating the World Wide Web has something for everyone.”




Extra Care


Extra Care is housing with access to an on-site 24-hour care team. It is NOT residential care. 


Extra Care housing usually features the following facilities: restaurant, communal lounge, an on-site shop, hair salon, and a guest room


The main benefits of Extra Care developments are that they:


– can allow couples with differing care needs to remain living together

– offer residents security of tenure.  This means that Hanover residents have an assured tenancy, enjoying the same legal housing rights as other housing association tenants. Residents often have the opportunity to own or part-own their home too.

– can offer a cost-effective and flexible option for older people with low to moderate domiciliary care needs (e.g. help around the home and personal care including help with dressing and washing) – as residents only pay for the care that they need.



If you would like any further information please contact;


Media Relations Officer  Rob Ghosh

Tel: 07714 973 059

Email: rob.ghosh@hanover.org.uk



Rob Ghosh

Media Relations Officer

t: 01784 446000

m: 07714 973059

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