Assistive Technology and Telecare: Forging Solutions for Independent Living
Assistive technology and telecare are of increasing importance in government policy on healthcare provision. Based on user views and technological developments this report:·[vbTab]looks at the need for assistive technology and telecare;·[vbTab]highlights background and previous trial developments, as well as the emerging policy environment;·[vbTab]defines new generations of telecare equipment and provision; ·[vbTab]provides a detailed cost analysis which sets out the implications and costs associated with the widespread introduction of telecare;·[vbTab]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, health care planners and policy makers, clinical engineers, and academics and researchers in the field.
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The emerging policy environment 16
New generations of telecare equipment 39
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