woensdag 27 februari 2013

Inspiratie beperkt zich niet alleen tot Nederland, we brengen ook nieuws, voorbeelden en ideeen uit de rest van de wereld over samen zorgen, manieren van wonen en zorgen en innovaties. 

Using the digital revolution to drive social change.

There is no doubt that the digital revolution has transformed our daily lives. The emergence and general acceptance of online and digital technologies in our workplaces and homes is a development that has brought positive benefits to millions of  people – all in the space of just a few years. 

Isn’t it time to look at how that progress can be channelled into improving quality of life too?

Access to the internet and digital technology innovations are fundamentally changing the way people connect, and how they engage with and access information and support. So why has the care sector yet to take advantage of the power and potential of digital technology and social networks to develop new models of support for older people?

Surely these tools could be used to enhance social care right across Digital Britain. After all, in tough economic conditions, digital technologies offer a cost-effective way to reach out and support people more imaginative and radical ways.

The value of digital technology in a care context 

The pace of demographic change (with people living longer) and major budgetary constraints creates an ideal environment for considering and implementing new approaches to care and support for older people. 

The effective use of digital technologies – based around the internet, computers, mobile phones, social networks, telecare and telehealth – will be critical in enabling people to live more independent and fulfilling lives, irrespective of their health and care needs. This will be especially true when there is an increasing demand for care services: the number of people aged over 80 is predicted to double by 2020, the number of adults with learning disabilities is forecast to rise by a third by 2030, and the number of family carers is expected to grow by 50% to nine million in the next 25 years.

At some point in our lives, we are all likely to have some degree of care need. Given the aforementioned statistic

s, it is highly probable that we will have carer commitments too. Whichever perspective it is viewed from, there is plenty of value that digital technology can add to lives in a care context. Foremost of these is the ability to stay connected – with friends and family, and with issues in the wider world around us. 

Making lives a little easier and more enjoyable

Social exclusion, loneliness, managing health and disabilities, and unemployment are big issues for society generally. The problems for older people can be exacerbated by ill health, significant life changes such as retirement and transitions – which may require moving to supported living – and the death of partners and close friends. Retaining a sense of worth and value, keeping connected to family and friends, and continuing to contribute to society are important considerations in addressing social inclusion.  

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