'Everyone is a winner, help is just a push of a button away...': The Telecare Plus service in Malta

Authors: M. Formosa

Corresponding: M. Formosa (marvin.formosa@um.edu.mt)

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Doi: http://dx.medra.org/10.7423/XJENZA.2015.1.01

Issue: Xjenza Online Vol. 3 Iss. 1 - August 2015

This paper reports on a research study on the role of assistive technologies in later life. Re- search questions included what is the impact of assist- ive technologies on the quality of life of older service- users, and to what extent does assistive technology lead to an improved quality of life for subscribers and in- formal carers? The chosen method of enquiry was a case-study of the Telecare Plus service in Malta. A total of 26 semi-structured interviews were held with a con- venience sample of 26 people aged 60-plus about their use and experience of this particular telecare system. The Telecare Plus service was found to contribute pos- itively to subscribers' levels of emotional and physical wellbeing, interpersonal relations and personal develop- ment, as well as towards the quality of life of informal carers. However, research also highlighted a range of challenges that stood in the way of increased adoption rates of the Telecare Plus service by older people. The fact that the eld of assistive technologies in Malta lacks efficient and clear business models constitutes another barrier towards the take up of such services.

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