A number of meeting have been arranged for the summer
1. The West Midlands group will meet at Hereford on Friday, June 15th. Places can be booked at https://juneicuhtecwestmidlands.eventbrite.co.uk
2. The North East England group will meet at Durham on June 21st. This will be a closed meeting for local authority representatives.
3. The North Wales group will meet in Abergele on July 2nd, please visit the linkfor more info: https://icuhtec.eventbrite.com
4. The London group will meet on August 6th. Details will also be posted soon.
During the past 6 months, work has continued on expanding the iCUHTec network in order to offer more regional groups and meetings.
A Liverpool City Region group has been formed and had its inaugural meeting in February.
Following the success of the Telecare Day in Carlisle last year, plans are well underway to include an iCUHTec event in an Innovation Day at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster in May.
The North East region of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services is working with iCUHTec to develop a programme of meetings to support the delivery of Assistive Technology and Technology Enabled Care and Support Services.
The London Group of Advanced Assistive Technology Practitioners is supporting iCUHTec in providing regular meetings for telecare leads in London Boroughs in addition to the existing meeting programme for an advanced group.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy and Successful New Year to all our members and readers.
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Medication Management – Practical Support Options for People Needing Polypharmacy
Dr Kevin Doughty
The role played by medication in helping people to recover from illness, injury or surgery is well-established. In the case of acute illnesses, the appropriate choice of medications can quickly overcome the symptoms and help to defeat the disease resulting in a cure. However, many chronic diseases from diabetes through to arthritis cannot yet be cured in most cases, and certainly not through medication alone. Medication is needed to manage the symptoms, but needs to be taken for many years. This raises the possibility (or perhaps probability) that adherence to the prescribed medication therapy will decline over time, limiting control of symptoms. Indeed, if the decline in health over subsequent years is slow, people may not associate cause with effect.
Today, about 10 million people in the UK are aged 65 or older. The number is likely to double within 35 years as the total population increases and as life expectancy continues to rise. However, because many types of chronic disease are the result of lifestyle choices, including the effects of smoking, alcohol, obesity and a lack of exercise, more than half this population will suffer from not a single disorder but from multiple comorbidities. Each disease may require specific medications, resulting in a need for polypharmacy as shown in Figure 1 with nearly 3 in 5 men and women aged over 85 requiring 5 or more different medications every day. Managing these prescriptions is a significant problem, and an issue that leads to poor outcomes, and health and social care system inefficiencies.
Poor concordance with physician instructions, and more general public health advice, are known to be the cause of many chronic diseases. This is particularly a problem in the developed world where the ability to make informed choices is high on the priorities for consumers who can be tempted by ease of access to fast foods and who have moved into sedentary occupations due to the decline in heavy industry and more labour-intensive jobs. But poor adherence to medication regimes is a problem throughout the world, and is linked to many social-economic and cultural factors. Technology and digital healthcare strategies can play a big role in improving adherence. The devices and systems that are available are described in this article.
Full article can be found here
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First New Regional Telecare Forum Event (RTF) Announced
London and South East Regional Telecare Forum
Westminster City Hall
Friday, September 9, 2016
Time: 11am til 3pm
Limited spaces – free to members
To book a place, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The international Centre for Usable Home Technology (iCUHTec) will launch formally on Tuesday, June 21st., 2016 during the 1st Conference of the Telehealth Quality Group: New Routes to Integrated Care – the Challenge of Assistive Technologies, Telehealth and Telecare (http://www.telehealth.global/courses-seminars-events/)
iCUHTec will retain the FREE MEMBERSHIP model of its predecessor, the Centre for Usable Home Technology (at the University of York and then at Newcastle and Coventry Universities). It is seeking appropriate sponsorship and/or partnerships with appropriate organisations that can help it achieve its aims of improving:
- applications, and
- designs of
quality products and services that can benefit all people, and their carers, to improve their Quality of Life, well-being, sense of independence and ability to achieve their life goals.
Interested parties should contact the iCUHTec director: Kevin Doughty
Mobile: (+44) 07810797971
Details of regular regional events and of training opportunities will be available soon.