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Big brother or brave new world? Telecare and its implications for older people's independence and social inclusion

Percival, J. and Hanson, J. (2006). Big brother or brave new world? Telecare and its implications for older people's independence and social inclusion. Critical Social Policy, 26(4) pp. 888–909.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0261018306068480
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Abstract

Telecare is advocated as a means of effectively and economically delivering health and social care services in people's homes, using technology that can monitor activities and safety, provide virtual home visiting, activate reminder systems, increase home security and convey information. Significant planned investment by central government will be rewarded if telecare results in fewer older people requiring institutional care, and more remaining independent in their own homes longer than would otherwise be the case. This paper, which reports on focus group work with older people, carets and professional stakeholders, considers key issues rarely addressed in provider-led studies. Emerging social policy implications centre on the potential impact of telecare on service users' autonomy and privacy and, controversially, as a replacement for human support. We argue that the development of relevant policy and practice in respect of telecare has to pay close and careful attention to concerns held by all stakeholders, particularly in regard to individual choice, surveillance, risk-taking and quality of service.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2006 Critical Social Policy Ltd
ISSN: 0261-0183
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care
Item ID: 16070
Depositing User: Users 8955 not found.
Date Deposited: 06 May 2009 14:49
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2012 08:57
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/16070
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