Title: Long-Term Care Challenges in an Ageing Society: The Role of ICT and Migrants Results from a Study on England, Germany, Italy and Spain
Authors: KLUZER StefanoREDECKER ChristineCENTENO MEDIAVILLA Isabel Clara
Publisher: European Commission
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC58533
ISBN: 978-92-79-15859-9
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 24382 EN
URI: http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=3299
DOI: 10.2791/42723
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: This report synthesizes and discusses the findings of a series of studies on the use of ICT to support caregivers providing Long-Term Care at home, with particular attention to migrant caregivers. The use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) for health and social care is playing an increasingly important role in the context of the demographic changes. As, on the one hand, people are getting older and the need for care is increasing, and, on the other hand, the number of formal and informal caregivers is decreasing, technical devices are seen as a possible solution to this dilemma. At the same time, people in need of care and their relatives have a tendency to informally employ private care assistants, often from migrant backgrounds, to assist those in need of care in their homes with daily tasks, so as to avoid and postpone their transferral into institutional care. To better understand the current and prospective use of ICT to assist informal caregivers, and in particular those of migrant origin, JRC-IPTS conducted a series of exploratory studies, assessing the situation in Italy, Spain, Germany and the UK. This report gives an overview on the situation of domiciliary care in each of these countries; investigates the opportunities for ICT in home care and identifies drivers and barriers for the deployment of ICT by caregivers with a particular focus on migrant care assistants.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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