Telecare for Older People: Promoting Independence, Participation, and Identity


Bowes A & McColgan G (2013) Telecare for Older People: Promoting Independence, Participation, and Identity. Research on Ageing, 35 (1), pp. 32-49.

Drawing on interviews with 76 older people (aged 60 years and older) receiving telecare services at home and in housing with care and 16 family caregivers in West Lothian, Scotland, the authors consider how far telecare can support older people's citizenship goals of independence, participation, and identity. They conclude that although these goals are to some extent supported by telecare, they are also supported by the model of care being applied and limited by aspects of the wider environment, such as ageism. The authors argue that in every case, contextual factors beyond the intrinsic capacities of a technological system and beyond the models of care developed and promoted by a service delivery organization must be explored if the impact of telecare is to be fully understood. Thus, the human use of technology and its moral context are critical to its success or limitation. © The Author(s) 2013.

technology; community care; citizenship; user perspectives; telecare

Research on Ageing: Volume 35, Issue 1

FundersNorwegian Centre for Telemedicine, Chief Scientist Office, Dementia Services Development Trust, Dementia Services Development Trust, Halliday James Ltd, Scottish Government, Care Inspectorate, Thomas Pocklington Trust, Dementia Services Development Trust, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, ESEP Ltd (Lowlands & Uplands), Thomas Pocklington Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Chief Scientist Office, Fold Housing Association, Age Scotland, AgeCare (Royal Surgical Aid Society), The Atlantic Philanthropies and Scottish Care Ltd
Publication date31/01/2013
Publication date online10/01/2012