Ethical issues in the use of telecare

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Social Care Institute for Excellence (Great Britain)
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Date of publication
1 May 2010
At a glance; 24
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Health Services, Older Adults
Social welfare
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Telecare has great potential to benefit people who use services, improving their confidence and helping them to remain independent in their own homes. By monitoring people’s safety, it can also free up the time of friends and family carers who can then spend more time providing social support. It has also been said to reduce the costs of social care provision, allowing the more efficient deployment of direct care staff. SCIE commissioned this study to identify the ethical issues relating to the commissioning and provision of telecare services and most importantly, to highlight the means of addressing those issues in practice. This briefing summarises the issues raised in SCIE’s Report 30.