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‘Technology is no substitute for the human touch’ says Scottish Care leader

Posted on April 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ‘Technology is no substitute for the human touch’ says Scottish Care leader

Members of the Scottish Parliament have been cautioned against an over-reliance on technology as a means of reducing the cost of delivering social care.

Addressing an economy, jobs and fair work committee of the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Care chief executive Donald Macaskill said there were many instances in which technological solutions in care had been developed in Scotland and then been exported elsewhere.

“While technology has potential it must not be used to monitor staff, and advancements would involve implementation costs, training and equipping the sector’s workforce,” said Mr Macaskill.

“We need an appropriate balance. Technology cannot be used as a cheap mechanism to remove human presence. “We are all human beings, we are about human touch. Technology can certainly enable presence but it cannot replace it.”

Mr Macaskill called on organisations like Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Business Gateway to focus on … Read More »


Smart technology to monitor health and well-being

Posted on March 13th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Smart gadgets placed strategically in people’s homes can yield round-the-clock information on their health in real time. Helen Rostill and Ramin Nilforooshan explain their new “internet of things” project

Vol 25 No 2 Page 18


Dementia: there are so many apps for that…

Posted on January 3rd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Digital technology is changing the world, but is it doing the same for people with dementia? Phil Joddrell and Arlene Astell argue that it can, so long as tablet computer “apps” are adapted so that everyone can enjoy using them.

Vol 25 No 1 Page 32


Digital technology and dementia: changing lives

Posted on January 3rd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Learning how to use digital technology can help people with dementia live more positive lives with memory loss. Tom French discusses key findings from a study showing how new “tech” can maintain mental activity and communication with family and friends.

Vol 25 No 1 Page 29


PARO the seal shows promise

Posted on September 19th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Artificial intelligence may have something to offer dementia care as a London day centre is finding. Erin Mee says that the PARO robot seal is much more than a cuddly toy

Vol 24 No 5 Page 15


Creative collaborations: the Care’N’Share app

Posted on March 14th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Alise Kirtley and colleagues describe how they developed their Care’N’Share ‘app’ to help staff come up with creative ideas for person-centred care

Vol 24 No 2 Page 18

 


Participatory video and well-being in long-term care

Posted on January 18th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Film-making is an effective way of engaging people with dementia and improving their well-being. Andrea Capstick and colleagues explain how ‘participatory video’ gave one group an opportunity to tell their own story in film

Vol 24 No 1 Page 26 – 29


The person within: exploring identity through digital art

Posted on November 23rd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

A novel partnership used iPad technology in care homes to unleash the creative potential of residents. Bo Chapman and Zoë Flynn describe the project that led to a remarkable exhibition of digital self-portraits

Vol 23 No 6 Pages 30-32


Monitoring and improvement using Dementia Care Mapping

Posted on September 14th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Dementia Care Mapping has proved to be a useful tool for promoting person-centred dementia care and now its inventors have designed a database to make it more useful still. Claire Surr and colleagues describe how

Vol 23, No 5, Pages 16-17


Choosing assistive technology: key questions

Posted on February 23rd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Amanda Thompsell and Ali Rogan were both involved in the drafting of the ‘Dementia-friendly technology charter’. Here they share some key questions to consider about the practicalities of technological solutions in dementia care

Vol 23 No 2 Page 12-13



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