Resource: Can online innovations enhance social care?

Exploring the challenges of using digital technology to develop new models of support for older people is a Provokation Paper written for Nominet Trust by Shirley Ayers

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The ageing population brings with it a rise in the concentration of assets that older people bring to a community: wisdom, experience, perspective and a wide range of skill sets and capacities. Nominet Trust is looking to understand where digital technology can best amplify these capabilities to strengthen communities and to enable meaningful participation in them by older people. Equally though, the ageing population brings a requirement to rethink our approach to social care as more of us require care; support in caring or become active as carers.

This Nominet Trust Provokation Paper by Shirley Ayers explores a number of exciting new approaches to care, as well as some of the challenges we need to address if we’re to ensure our approach to social care is fit for purpose.

Nominet's Provokation Paper makes four main recommendations:

  1. Explore the potential for developing a Community Wellbeing and Social Technology Innovation Hub which brings together all the organisations funding, researching and promoting digital technology innovations and pilots across the wider care sector;
  2. Develop a more co-ordinated and coherent approach which enables carers and care seekers to easily access online information and support. Care recipients, their families and carers need signposts to explore what technology products and services are available, both through statutory services or to purchase independently;
  3. Avoid expensive and unnecessary duplication of pilots we need to encourage more shared learning, collaboration and partnerships by mapping all of the existing ‘community hubs’.
  4. Create and promote events that showcase digital technology innovations in care which could be adopted by local authorities, the NHS and housing providers, as well as being purchased by people funding their own support needs

Download the paper from Nominet Trust.

You can find out more about the paper's author below:

Blog http://shirleyayres.wordpress.com/about

Podcasts www.disruptivesocialcare.com

Twitter @shirleyayres

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