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360 degrees of care

360 degrees of care Report Pat Begley Director, Carers Scotland Multiple studies and surveys of telecare projects carried out across the UK have demonstrated the benefits of telecare. It helps those with long-term needs live safer, more independent lives, brings a greater sense of well-being and enhances quality of life. But what is the impact of telecare on the many unpaid carers who look after relatives and loved ones with long-term care needs? There are six million unpaid carers in the UK who look after relatives, friends, children or older people who are sick or disabled and have long-term needs (National Audit Office, 2009), and over 10% of these live in Scotland (Carers Scotland, 2010). Every day millions of unpaid carers strive to combine day-to-day tasks, such as going to work, going to school or looking after children, with the responsibilities of looking after a loved one or relative with long-term care needs. For many, their caring role can take a heavy toll on their physical and emotional health, on their finances and on their opportunities to enjoy an ordinary life. One of the biggest challenges is promoting a society where ‘caring’ is valued and supported. As the voice of carers, Carers http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality in Ageing and Older Adults Pier Professional

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Pier Professional
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Copyright © 2010 by Pier Professional Limited
ISSN
1471-7794
eISSN
2042-8766
DOI
10.5042/qiaoa.2010.0717
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Report Pat Begley Director, Carers Scotland Multiple studies and surveys of telecare projects carried out across the UK have demonstrated the benefits of telecare. It helps those with long-term needs live safer, more independent lives, brings a greater sense of well-being and enhances quality of life. But what is the impact of telecare on the many unpaid carers who look after relatives and loved ones with long-term care needs? There are six million unpaid carers in the UK who look after relatives, friends, children or older people who are sick or disabled and have long-term needs (National Audit Office, 2009), and over 10% of these live in Scotland (Carers Scotland, 2010). Every day millions of unpaid carers strive to combine day-to-day tasks, such as going to work, going to school or looking after children, with the responsibilities of looking after a loved one or relative with long-term care needs. For many, their caring role can take a heavy toll on their physical and emotional health, on their finances and on their opportunities to enjoy an ordinary life. One of the biggest challenges is promoting a society where ‘caring’ is valued and supported. As the voice of carers, Carers

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Quality in Ageing and Older AdultsPier Professional

Published: Dec 1, 2010

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