Recommendation ID

Telecare:- What types of telecare are most effective and cost effective, when provided to older people as part of a package of home care?

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- There is limited evidence on the components of telecare used as part of a home care package for older people, and their impact. Information is needed on types of telecare in use, because costs and outcomes are likely to depend on the combination of components. It would then be useful to compare different telecare packages and determine effectiveness and cost effectiveness of individual components and combinations of components. This could include comparisons with home care packages without telecare, or ones that include other assistive technology. Important outcomes for service users are social care-related quality of life and wellbeing, in addition to physical health, acceptability and accessibility (particularly for people with complex needs such as dementia). Cost information from a societal perspective is also needed, including health and social care services, the contribution of carers in the form of unpaid care and out-of-pocket expenditure for privately purchased support.


Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Home care: delivering personal care and practical support to older people living in their own homes
Date issued
September 2015

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No