Use of Assistive Technology to Support Independent Living for Disabled People

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Posted by Gerard on January 27, 2003 at 21:37:39:

The Use of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) to Support Independent Living for Older and Disabled People

UK Dept. of Health - Oct.2002

The use of technology to support independent living for older and disabled people is mentioned explicitly in many recent Government policy documents. The main purpose of this report is to make the reader aware of the range of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based activities which can promote the independence of older and disabled people and help them live in their own homes. This is achieved by reporting on activities across a wide range of fields including policy, industry, research, housing, health and social care. The report develops the concept of "building blocks" of ICT-based activity. From an analysis of this current activity and particularly on how it has developed since a previous report, a number of lessons emerge. This information is used to make suggestions for a national infrastructure for service delivery and to provide guidance on local implementation. The report concludes by making recommendations for the development of the use of ICT, telecare and new electronic assistive technologies to support independent living.

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