Alzheimer Scotland has evolved a deep understanding of the needs of people who would like to use consumer technologies; off the shelf items, to support them to live independently.
Prior to this piece of work, a national Test of Change was carried out involving several cross-sector partners across the country looking at the efficacy of consumer tech in meeting the aspirations of individuals and families living with a range of long term health conditions. It focused on prevention and self-management and the potential for these devices to delay the need for more formal support.
That led to the creation of ADAM (About Digital and Me) which is an online trusted resource helping people to find the right thing at the right time, based on the lived experience of others with similar wants and needs.
This report builds on that experience and considers how these technologies might be used by citizens independently or in partnership with their Telecare Service Provider at any stage of a user journey, examines how these “ready to use” technologies actually function for those who need a non-standard set up and creates a Consumer Technology Playbook to support those working in this field who might be considering how to incorporate the use of consumer technology to their range of services.
It also raises questions on how best to support the development of services to utilise these technologies and creating the conditions required for successful adoption and long-term use.
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