assistive technology

Adaptations, improvements and repairs to the home

The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. They produce information and advice sheets to support those affected by dementia. This factsheet is about making adaptations, improvements or repairs to the home of people with dementia. These changes may help to make life easier or make it possible for the person to remain at home for longer. This information sheet also suggests where to go for advice and the grants that may be available.

Support for carers: a guide to telecare

Factsheet providing information and guidance on what telecare is, its benefits and advantages for carers and how it can be obtained and paid for.

Equality impact assessment: living well with dementia, National Dementia Strategy

Document exploring the possible impact of the National Dementia Strategy for England on people according to their age, disability, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation with a view to ensuring that implementation of the strategy takes account of any potential issues and informs continuing efforts to lessen inequality.

Use of resources in adult social care: a guide for local authorities

Guide intended to foster discussion and debate among local authorities as to how to commission and organise services in the future by making best use of available resources.

Implementing telecare: strategic analysis and guidelines for policy makers, commissioners and providers

Report describing what telecare is, what it can do and the generic components of a telecare service. It also reviews the evidence for its benefits at both individual and health service levels and offers guidelines on developing and implementing a telecare service.

Home alone : combating isolation with older housebound people

Report presenting in detail the reality of being older and housebound in the UK and setting out an agenda for change in which individuals' choices are supported and encouraged by innovative and personalised service delivery.

Seizing the opportunity: telecare strategy 2008-2010

This strategy sets out the Scottish Government’s expectations of further developments in telecare: telecare to contribute significantly to the achievement of personalised health and social care outcomes for individuals; telecare to contribute significantly to delivering wider national benefits in areas such as shifting the balance of care and the management of long-term health conditions; and local partnerships to mainstream telecare within local service planning.

You and yours: disability

Section of the BBC Radio 4 website containing podcasts on matters relating to disability such as the latest news on legislation, public policy and social trends and how they affect people with disabilities. Also features investigations into products and medical advances intended to improve life with a disability.

Scottish Paediatric Telemedicine Project : final report

Report describing a paediatric telemedicine project which was established to facilitate rapid diagnosis of children with cardiac or surgical problems at a distant centre. The project involved installing mobile video conferencing units in ten sites throughout Scotland along with a video conferencing room at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow.