Dr Kevin Doughty
It is generally accepted that the outcomes of health and social care interventions for people with any physical, cognitive, sensory or emotional deficit(s) can be improved if the process of assessment includes a profiling that extends considerably beyond the traditional approach of focusing on risks and unmet needs; a consideration of their life goals and ambitions, and the obstacles to them achieving an improved Quality of Life and well-being supports more innovative, unconventional, and sometimes unusual or surprising approaches and priorities. The role of technology in many of these new ways of overcoming barriers is increasingly recognised and can be included within Technology Enabled Community Care and Technology Enabled Care @ Home models, especially when they add higher wave applications (3rd to 7th wave) to the usual telecare alarms in the support package.
However, attempts to integrate health and social care provision can focus so much on trying to treat illness and improve health conditions (usually through medical interventions such as medication, surgery or therapy), that some long-term conditions and disabilities are not considered. This can become a concern for the support of older people who may now survive for many years through improved healthcare but with poor Quality of Life. The i-CUHTec 3-tier model can play an important role in ensuring that technology is considered at several points in working out the best support plan.
This model is entirely generic, and can be applied to any individual irrespective of their challenges, disabilities, social capital or health conditions; its application for helping people with dementia, and their carers, is the subject of this article.
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