Guest blog – Who uses telecare?

This blog was contributed by James Lloyd, Director of the Strategic Society CentreJames Lloyd was appointed Director of the Strategic Society Centre in September 2010. He has a particular interest in social care, pensions, financial services, as well as individual and societal ageing.

The Strategic Society Centre recently published a big piece of statistical research about “who uses telecare?”

‘Telecare’ describes alerting devices and related services that respond when someone with care needs living at home experiences a crisis. Although not for necessarily for everyone, telecare can help people live independently at home for longer, and can also reduce reliance on paid and family carers.

While telecare has long been tipped as an important potential part of how society adapts to people living longer, there’s also been lack of basic data about telecare users.

At the Centre, we wanted to address this, so with support from Age UK we undertook statistical analysis of data for 2008 from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.

‘ELSA’ is a survey of around 10,000 people aged 50+ in England that re-interviews the same people every two years. The questions in the ELSA survey are very comprehensive, so we were able to build up a detailed picture of telecare users and their gender, health conditions, receipt of care, living situation and lots of other factors. Continue reading “Guest blog – Who uses telecare?”