Social alarms to telecare

Older people's services in transition

Malcolm J. Fisk

Social alarms to telecare

Malcolm J. Fisk

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

304 pages
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781861345066 Published June 2003 For sale in North and South America only
Healthcare, social welfare and housing policy agendas, while emphasising the importance of supporting the independent living of older people at home, have generally failed to take account of the actual or potential role played by social alarms and telecare. This book draws on research and practice throughout the developed world. It documents the emergence of these important technologies and considers their potential in the contexts of healthcare, social welfare and housing. The book is of immense importance to policy makers and practitioners in healthcare, social welfare and housing. It signals the potential, the challenges and the threats associated with such technologies. As such it must be compulsory reading for every current or potential service provider.
Contents
Introduction: what are social alarms?
Social theory and social alarms
A critical review of the literature
The origins of social alarms
Social alarms in England and Wales
Social alarms in Scotland
Social alarms in Ireland
Social alarms (PRS) in North America
Social alarms in the rest of the world
Social alarms: international comparisons
Social alarms and smart homes
Social alarms, telemedicine and telecare
Falls, lifestyle monitoring and dementia care
Conclusions
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