An exploration of the ethics of telecare for older adults with dementia: a literature review

Dacombe, Georgina (2009) An exploration of the ethics of telecare for older adults with dementia: a literature review. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Telecare has been described as the continuous, automatic and remote monitoring of real time emergencies and lifestyle changes over time in order to manage the risks associated with independent living. It has attracted significant policy interest in recent years in the UK due to changing demographics, which has essentially meant a larger number of elderly people. It is predicted that the number of people over the age of eighty is set to increase by almost a half between 1995 and 2025 and the number of people over ninety will double. Closely allied to this is the subsequent escalation of the cost of interventions.
    Within this, the estimated cost of dementia in the UK is over seventeen billion pounds a year and it is clear that this will have an impact on subsequent policy and provision in this area.

    The aim of this literature review was to highlight the ethical issues that arise when telecare is used with older adults with dementia and to evaluate how far these were addressed within the literature. The author was interested in whether the development of telecare related to independence and choice, often attributed to it in policy documents or whether cost savings were at the heart of this, with ethical considerations compromised as a consequence.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2011 16:22
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:26
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/2342

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