Report Pat Begley Director, Carers Scotland Multiple studies and surveys of telecare projects of telecare in Scotland in supporting carers carried out across the UK have demonstrated in their caring role. the benefits of telecare. It helps those with A report of the study ‘A Weight Off My long-term needs live safer, more independent Mind’: Exploring the impact and potential lives, brings a greater sense of well-being and benefits of telecare for unpaid carers (Carers enhances quality of life. Scotland and University of Leeds, 2009), But what is the impact of telecare on the investigated carers’ experiences of telecare with many unpaid carers who look after relatives and an aim of identifying the significant benefits loved ones with long-term care needs? telecare has for carers and their caring situation. There are six million unpaid carers in the This article looks at evidence from the study UK who look after relatives, friends, children or and the ways in which telecare has impacted older people who are sick or disabled and have on carers and how it has helped improve their long-term needs (National Audit Office, 2009), quality of life. and over 10% of these live in Scotland (Carers Scotland, 2010).
Quality in Ageing and Older Adults – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 14, 2010