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Tula Brannelly, Lizzie Ward, and Nicki Ward

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316510

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316510.001.0001

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Exploring possibilities in telecare for ageing societies

Exploring possibilities in telecare for ageing societies

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(p.111) Nine Exploring possibilities in telecare for ageing societies
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Ethics of Care
Author(s):

Ingunn Moser

Hilde Thygesen

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447316510.003.0009

Policy and public discourse promote new technology as a solution for reducing care needs and public expenditure and for improving the quality of life of older people. This chapter analyses and describes how telecare, exemplified by the use of GPS-based tracking technology in care for people with dementia, establishes a form of care at a distance, and what this implies for different actors in terms of new possibilities, challenges and limitations. It demonstrates that telecare affords valued positions, reciprocity and symmetry, but also that telecare comes with new ideals, demands and responsibilities. Whereas technology, in political rhetoric, represents new solutions especially for those with no family or social network, this chapter argues that technologies do not work in a vacuum nor by themselves but rely on a care collective and a well-defined arrangement and organisation for the distribution of tasks and responsibilities.

Keywords:   telecare, care at a distance, gps, ageing societies, dementia care, care collective

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