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Making sense of sensors: older people’s and professional caregivers’ attitudes towards telecare

Hanson, Julienne; Osipovič, Dorota and Percival, John (2008). Making sense of sensors: older people’s and professional caregivers’ attitudes towards telecare. In: Loader, Brian D.; Hardey, Michael and Keeble, Leigh eds. Digital Welfare for the Third Age: health and social care informatics for older people. Abindgon, UK and New York, NY, US: Routledge, pp. 91–111.

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Abstract

This book is about the ways digital technology can contribute to the welfare of older people. The Internet, mobile phones and other technologies have changed how we live and work. Such technologies also shape how services for older people are organised in ways that potentially place carers and older people at the centre of service provision. Telecare can make homes 'smart' so that they are more comfortable and less risky for people who can take advantage of devices that help make them independent members of their community.

Digital Welfare is part of the broader project in Britain and elsewhere to adopt new information and communications technologies (ICTs) to organise and deliver health and social welfare services. This includes mundane technologies like an alarm to call for help to complex telecare 'smart homes' and electronic patient records. The intended and unintended consequences of such new technologies must be explored if we are to benefit from these innovations. Based on recent research this book seeks to highlight and examine the new opportunities and dilemmas that confront older people and all those concerned with their welfare in the network society.

This edited collection provides original contributions from leading academics and researchers in the field to access the evidence for improved professional integration and user-centred health and social care services for older people arising from health informatics. Digital Welfare for the Third Age will be of interest to all those working with older people.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2009 The Authors
ISBN: 0-415-45409-3, 978-0-415-45409-4
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care
Item ID: 27460
Depositing User: John Percival
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2011 11:12
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:40
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/27460
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