Assistive technology and telecare: forging solutions for independent living
Assistive technology and telecare are of increasing importance in government policy on healthcare provision. This is reflected in the NHS Plan 2000, which suggested that 50 per cent more people should be in receipt of assistive technology by 2004. This report provides a comprehensive review and analysis of current policy and practice, as well as making recommendations for the future. Based on user views and technological developments, the report: looks at the need for assistive technology and telecare; highlights background and previous trial developments as well as the emerging policy environment; defines new generations of telecare equipment and provision; provides a detailed cost analysis which sets out the implications and costs associated with the widespread introduction of telecare; and makes recommendations for future development and deployment. The report is aimed specifically at people involved or interested in supporting older and disabled people in the community. It is therefore of particular interest to community alarm providers, occupational therapists, healthcare planners and policy makers, clinical engineers, and academics and researchers in the field.