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An evaluation of second and third generation telecare services in older people's housing

Brownsell, Simon, Blackburn, Steven and Hawley, Mark (2008) An evaluation of second and third generation telecare services in older people's housing. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 14 (1). pp. 8-12. ISSN 1758-1109


In a controlled study of older people living in sheltered housing (retirement housing), 24 people provided with telecare were compared with a control group of 28 people. The intervention consisted of second generation telecare equipment, such as automatic flood or falls detectors, a third generation lifestyle reassurance system and an Internet cafe´. After a 12-month monitoring period, there was no noticeable change in the fear of falling. There was no significant difference for eight of the nine SF-36 domains. However, the Social Functioning domain showed a significant difference (P ¼ 0.049), with scores 8% higher in the intervention group, suggesting a beneficial effect of telecare. Positive trends were also evident in areas such as an increase in the length of time spent out of the home, improved feelings of safety during the day and night, and a reduction in the fear of crime. The Internet cafe´ was used by 25% of people for at least 20 min per week. The results suggest that second generation telecare systems and Internet facilities could be more widely used in service delivery, but that lifestyle reassurance requires further development.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2008 Royal Society of Medicine Press.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Ms Alison Keys
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2008 16:24
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 01:23
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1258/jtt.2007.070410
Status: Published
Publisher: The Royal Society of Medicine Press
Identification Number: 10.1258/jtt.2007.070410
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4134

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