Title: The Potential of ICT in supporting Domiciliary Care in Spain
Authors: REDECKER ChristineREIG JuanCARRIÓN TrinidadMARTINEZ SaraARMAYONES ManuelMCCARTHY DesmondFERNANDEZ Manuel
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC61083
ISBN: 978-92-79-17207-6
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 24568 EN
OPOCE LF-NA-24-568-EN-N
URI: http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=3760
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC61083
DOI: 10.2791/48601
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: This report documents the findings of the study on the potential of ICT in supporting the provision of domiciliary care in Spain, with particular attention to the case of immigrant care workers and informal caregivers. This country study was launched by JRC-IPTS in 2008 in parallel with two complementary country studies, assessing the situation in Germany and the UK, with the same focus and objectives. All three studies were prompted by the findings of a previous exploratory study on the use of ICT by immigrant care workers in Italy. In Spain, 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, in order to avoid and postpone their transferral into institutional care. This report gives an overview on the situation of domiciliary care in Spain, outlining the current use of ICT in home care and gathering evidence on ICT initiatives for domiciliary caregivers. It 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. The research undertaken in this and the other national reports is exploratory in nature. The study employs a triangulation of methods, comprising desk-based analysis of existing data and scientific publications; analysis of information and service web sites; and fieldwork involving direct questioning of experts, service providers, and a sample of carers and care assistants, including immigrants.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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