SCIE Report 15: Using digital media to access information and good practice for paid carers of older people: A feasibility study

By the Interactive Technologies Research Group

Published: September 2006

This report describes a study commissioned by SCIE and jointly funded with the National Knowledge Service. It was carried out by the University of Brighton to explore the feasibility and the appropriateness of digital technologies to support the work of paid carers in residential care homes for older people.

Key messages

Recommendations

There are four areas where care homes can benefit from digital technologies.

Context

The provision of information services for paid care workers has lagged behind provision in comparable professions such as the health services, where a multitude of initiatives have been put in place.

Social care may eventually benefit from such initiatives, but until now there has been little investment in digital services and tools for those in social care professions. In particular, there has been little in the way of extending information and communication services to care workers such as those employed in residential homes for the elderly.

Purpose

This report explores the feasibility and the appropriateness of digital technologies in supporting the work of paid carers in residential care homes for the elderly.

Audience

This report will be of interest to service providers, commissionees and to researchers and academics.

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