ICT for independent living and elderly care at home
The potential of ICT in supporting informal domiciliary carers, with particular attention to the case of immigrant care-workers" (12.2008 – 05.2010)
In an ageing society, with increasing numbers of people in need for long term care; shrinking numbers of health professionals and dedicated carers; high level health technology and growing costs for national budgets, two complementary trends are likely to emerge as components of a supply-side solution to meeting the demand for home care: 1) migrant care labour to complement and supplement professional health care provision and 2) ICT devices and applications support care functions, like monitoring and surveillance. Following the first exploratory study on Italy, three country studies on Germany, Spain, and the UK have analyzed: the policy context and organisation of socio-health care delivery (mostly with respect to elderly and disabled people) and the role of (unpaid) carers and care workers, including those from immigration backgrounds; the overall diffusion of ICTs to deliver care at home and to support the care givers involved, and in depth a few representative initiatives of this growing trend; the attention paid to, and any specific action addressing the migrant care workers which play a varied, but increasingly important role in domiciliary care provision in these countries.
Project Leader: Clara Centeno