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.
Malcolm J. Fisk is a social scientist with expertise on the support needs of older people. He has worked in senior positions within UK housing and social services authorities, the electronics industry and at Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Wales. Currently he is Managing Director of Insight Social Research Ltd.
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.