Policy Press

Assistive technology and telecare

Forging solutions for independent living

By Simon Brownsell and David Bradley Edited by Jeremy Porteus


Jan 15, 2003

Page count

100 pages




297 x 210 mm


Policy Press
Assistive technology and telecare

Assistive technology and telecare are of increasing importance in government policy on healthcare provision. Based on user views and technological developments this report:

· looks at the need for assistive technology and telecare;

· highlights background and previous trial developments, as well as the emerging policy environment;

· defines new generations of telecare equipment and provision;

· provides a detailed cost analysis which sets out the implications and costs associated with the widespread introduction of telecare;

· 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. 

"Assistive Technology and Telecare brings together a great deal of useful information for health policy makers, planners and others... the overview of home alarm technology for the elderly would benefit anyone who is starting out in the field of telecare." Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare

"... an excellent introduction to the subject, and provides more knowlegeable readers with detailed information on costs, benefits, training issues and call forecasting, to name a few areas. For anyone wishing to develop their service from simple pendant alarms to more complex applications, this book is required reading." The Link (ASAP Newsletter)

"As a source of information for health care planners and policy makers, this book will be invaluable." Professor Richard Wootton, The International Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare

"Whether you are new to the field of telehealth or an expert, this book will have something for you." John Hennock, Association of Social Alarm Providers

"... sheds considerable light on future developments and how services and technologies could be delivered in the future." Dr Nicholas Robinson, National Clinical Adviser for Telemedicine and eHealth (NHS Direct)

Dr Simon Brownsell is Research Fellow at Barnsley District General Hospital and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, and is involved in several aspects of assistive technology and telecare research and development. 

Professor David Bradley is Professor of Mechatronic Systems at the University of Abertay Dundee, and is responsible for a number of projects in this field. He has a particular interest in systems definition, the use of intelligent systems, and the integration of machine based intelligence into the telecare programme. 

Jeremy Porteus formerly managed the Corporate Policy Team in the Chief Executive's Unit at Anchor Trust and is a member of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Housing for Older People Working Group. 

Contents: Section 1: The need for assistive technology and telecare; The need for assistive technology and telecare; Previous trials and developments; The emerging policy environment; Positioning telecare; Section 2: The evidence; User requirements; New generations of telecare equipment; The cost benefits of telecare; Section 3: Implications and recommendations; Implications for community alarms; Implications for health and social care; Conclusions and recommendations.