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Flexible homes, flexible care, inflexible organisations? The role of telecare in supporting independence: Housing Studies

Flexible homes, flexible care, inflexible organisations? The role of telecare in supporting independence: Housing Studies
Flexible homes, flexible care, inflexible organisations? The role of telecare in supporting independence: Housing Studies
'Telecare' involves the use of information and communications technologies to provide support for vulnerable individuals living in the community. The UK government wishes to make telecare available in all homes that need it by 2010. This expansion is seen as central to the improvement of older people's independence and quality of life by enabling them to live at home whenever possible. The paper discusses the range of initiatives now in place to facilitate the introduction of telecare in the UK. It argues that while there is now experience of telecare through pilot and demonstration schemes, moving to mainstream service delivery is far from straightforward. Using a case study of a telecare scheme, along with supplementary data from other schemes, the paper explores the reasons why it may be hard to meet government objectives. These include the organisational and cultural characteristics of local care institutions and the complexity of scheme objectives. It draws conclusions on the challenges in meeting aspirations for mass telecare over the next decade and on the future role of the housing stock in care provision. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.
Community care Innovation Smart housing Telecare elderly care housing Eastern Hemisphere Eurasia Europe United Kingdom Western Europe World
0267-3037
441-456
Barlow, J.
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Bayer, S.
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Curry, R.
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Barlow, J.
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Barlow, J., Bayer, S. and Curry, R. (2005) Flexible homes, flexible care, inflexible organisations? The role of telecare in supporting independence: Housing Studies. Housing Studies, 20 (3), 441-456. (doi:10.1080/02673030500062467).

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'Telecare' involves the use of information and communications technologies to provide support for vulnerable individuals living in the community. The UK government wishes to make telecare available in all homes that need it by 2010. This expansion is seen as central to the improvement of older people's independence and quality of life by enabling them to live at home whenever possible. The paper discusses the range of initiatives now in place to facilitate the introduction of telecare in the UK. It argues that while there is now experience of telecare through pilot and demonstration schemes, moving to mainstream service delivery is far from straightforward. Using a case study of a telecare scheme, along with supplementary data from other schemes, the paper explores the reasons why it may be hard to meet government objectives. These include the organisational and cultural characteristics of local care institutions and the complexity of scheme objectives. It draws conclusions on the challenges in meeting aspirations for mass telecare over the next decade and on the future role of the housing stock in care provision. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.

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Published date: 2005
Keywords: Community care Innovation Smart housing Telecare elderly care housing Eastern Hemisphere Eurasia Europe United Kingdom Western Europe World
Organisations: Decision Analytics & Risk, NETSCC

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Local EPrints ID: 410493
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/410493
ISSN: 0267-3037
PURE UUID: 372904f4-4281-4aa2-b68b-5db21890379c
ORCID for S. Bayer: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7872-467X

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Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 02:12

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Author: J. Barlow
Author: S. Bayer ORCID iD
Author: R. Curry

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