Telecare Futures: What are the options?

Telecare Ready Creating a universal entitlement to telecare
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Date(s) - 30/11/2011
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Age UK

Date and time: Wednesday November 30th, 16.30-18.30

Location: Age UK, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA

For over a decade, the government has worked to increase the take-up and usage of telecare, recognising its potential savings for families and the state, as well as preserving dignity and independence for users.

In June 2011, the Strategic Society Centre published a discussion paper – ‘Telecare Ready’ – which sought to provide some bold new thinking on boosting usage of telecare:

  • Given its low cost and potential savings, telecare should not be a means-tested local authority service;
  • Relying on take-up of telecare through the private market is never likely match the scope for local authorities to oversee universal (charged-for) provision;
  • Given it reaches far more people who are likely to benefit from telecare than local authorities, the Attendance Allowance system could be used to target individuals with telecare assessments and resources.

In the wake of the Dilnot Commission on Funding of Care and Support, as well as the ‘Whole System Demonstrator’ pilots, this roundtable will take stock of this agenda, and explore:

  • How can policymakers ensure the maximum benefit from telecare now and in the future?
  • What is the right balance between private household vs. public spending on telecare, as the state seeks to achieve its objectives for telecare? How should telecare be positioned in wider social care reforms currently ongoing?
  • How can policymakers achieve the right interaction between telecare and health services, particularly reablement and the NHS?

Speakers at this event comprised:

  • Professor Stanton Newman, Dean, School of Community and Health Sciences, City University
  • James Lloyd, Director, Strategic Society Centre

The event was chaired by Matt Norton, Age UK.

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