Can Technology Transform Adult Social Care?
The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group has recently released a new report, which argues that commissioning needs to keep up with advancements in technology to support quality of care improvement and reduce costs to improve the sustainability of adult social care.
The report finds that technology such as GPS systems, movement sensors, gadgets from medication dispensers to talking microwaves, and touchscreen technologies promote independence and allow people using care and support services to exercise greater choice, control and autonomy and live more safely. There are a range of future technologies that will also be highly useful as they become available.
Technology not only provides benefits to service users, but can also improve staff efficiency by reducing time of administrative tasks.
These technologies all mean that social care has the tools to become a high tech sector. Although their initial implementation may incur high initial costs, they allow organisations to make long-term cost reductions.
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