Category Archives: telecare

Dedicated team makes telecare a mainstream response to social care needs

Pagers, monitored smoke detectors, sensors and recordings of familiar voices are all being used to help people live independently for longer in Hull

writes Louise Eastwood

Photo: Gluckkmb/Fotolia

By Louise Eastwood

While many local authorities decided to diversify staff responsibilities to encompass telecare within existing services, Hull Council decided that in order to maximise support for residents in a way that did not compromise ongoing social care, it would create a dedicated telecare team to offer help and guidance to residents, carers and service providers 24 hours a day.

What does the future hold for digital healthcare?

 

Supermarkets and high street pharmacies across the UK have started to introduce drop-in facilities and self-help kiosks. Photograph: Sergio Dionisio/AP

Everyone in the healthcare industry knows what challenges we face – an ageing population, more lifestyle-related ill health and growing constraints on budgets. In a nutshell, there is an increasing demand for services but fewer resources to deliver them.

Digital healthcare revolution relies on new form of tablet

A new health initiative for elderly people is being rolled out

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

 

 

The internet could spark a home health care revolution – and it’s being planned in the West Country.

A group of health professionals, ‘telehealth’ equipment makers, care providers and older people, are working together to see how tablet computers can be used as hubs to monitor vital health information, and reduce isolation.

But with figures from the Office of National Statistics showing that 6.7 million adults in the UK have never used the internet, 547,000 of them in the South West, more needs to be done to help people understand the internet and get online.

Today (monday)sees the launch of Spring Online, one of the year’s biggest digital inclusion campaigns, run in association with Carphone Warehouse. Free internet taster events will be available all week, including Saturday at libraries, cafes, community centres, shops, churches and housing estates across the country.

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