Our exploration into digital technology in later life was mainly focused on the individual, and those who could help in using technology. Shirley Ayres developed a complementary report about online innovation and how it can enhance care services - something about which she reports and consults on extensively.
Shirley blogs at Connecting Social Care and Social Media and has published the Click Guide to Digital Technology in Adult Social Care
Blog post by Shirley Ayres on. Can online innovations enhance social care? February 2013 in which Shirley highlights some innovative projects and also the need for better sharing of knowledge and ways to make innovation accessible:
How digital technology is supporting people living with dementia Blog post by Shirley Ayres October 15 2013. Online resources and apps
Why digital inclusion is important for care home residents. Blog post by Shirley Ayres, May 2013:
How online personal support networks can promote more integrated care Blog post by Shirley Ayres March 2013 Shirley writes:
Shirley posted these resources before Connected Care Camp on December 7 2013.
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Social Isolation, Loneliness and the impact on health and wellbeing. Joseph Rowntree Foundation Loneliness Resource Pack
Isolation in residential care. How can we ensure a good quality of life for adults in residential care and housing with support. This means having a sense of purpose and full inclusion within the community with strong social contacts and mental stimulation.
Residents reported being able to look at websites to do with their interests and hobbies, use internet shopping sites and communicate with family members, often overseas. Some had already noted beneficial impact on their carers ability to help manage their condition.
Get Connected programme Social Care Institute for Excellence. Examples of how digital technology in empowering and supporting the health and wellbeing of individuals.
Information, advice and support across the care, health and housing sectors.
Quick Poll: Which organisation would you recommend to an older person seeking advice about care and support options?
Connected Communities. How digital technology is supporting individuals to connect in different ways and live more independent and fulfilling lives within the community.
One of the simplest needs is the ability to stay in touch with family and friends who may be widely dispersed. There are a range of online tools available to address the practical tasks of co-ordinating the care and support of an individual.
Accessing and learning about the digital world can be a challenge for many groups in the UK. Getting started on the internet a brief guide
How can technology world encourage more patient and user engagement? Are public services signposting people to the many online support forums now available?