The role of telecare in overcoming social exclusion in older people

Martin Jones (Weaver Vale Housing Trust, Northwich, Cheshire, UK)
Chris Rowbottom (Weaver Vale Housing Trust, Northwich, Cheshire, UK)

Journal of Assistive Technologies

ISSN: 1754-9450

Publication date: 7 September 2010


It is generally accepted that assistive technologies such as telecare will play an increasingly important role in managing the problems of supporting older people's independence. Some feel that this could increase social exclusion, resulting in many more people becoming lonely and depressed. This paper describes a number of ways that the technology can be used to help improve the quality of life of service users through increased interaction opportunities. Many of these initiatives will rely on the use of the TV as the interface for services and on a 24‐hour monitoring centre for facilitating the services.



Jones, M. and Rowbottom, C. (2010), "The role of telecare in overcoming social exclusion in older people", Journal of Assistive Technologies, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 54-59.

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