Technology for carers – toolkit for professionals:
supported by the Department of Health in partnership with Carers UK
This section offers a ‘toolkit’ for all commissioners and professionals from both health & social care to help them to advise carers how to care more effectively through the beneficial use of technology. Technology in this area has advanced very quickly so everyone can be forgiven for being a little out of touch: this website aims to bring users up to speed, quickly.
To help promote technology for carers, there is a specially commissioned video and a range of promotional material that anyone can distribute online or via print.
As one of the key issues is persuading people being cared for to adopt technology – any technology sometimes – here is a case study on one success, plus a few other tips & tricks. Of interest too is a presentation given by Linda Saunders, ADASS lead on assistive technology explaining how technology can move users from the “deficit approach” to one of enabling people to live longer and better lives
Finally, there is advice for carers on technology purchase here.
In more detail
The different technologies available to help carers are categorised as:
Health monitoring (sometimes called ‘telehealth’)
Remote consultation with a clinician (‘telemedicine’)
Remote treatment and advice
Environmental monitoring (‘telecare’)
Home-based care technologies
For each, there is a brief description of the technologies described, followed by at least one case study of beneficial use by a carer. There is also a list of suppliers understood to be offering goods or services for this technology.
There is also a range of more specialist resources including:
- A free 90-minute course offered by the Royal College of GPs entitled Telehealth, telemedicine and telecare: an introduction to “TECS“;
- A free training course on fire safety aimed at carers (and housing providers);
- A detailed paper describing the technologies.