Over the last months a group of experts from Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden have been working on a common vision of ‘what constitutes good care and on the question ‘what contribution can (or cannot) technology make to that good care for older people?’
We are happy to announce that the final report, written by Anne Meißner based on all national reports and feedback from societal stakeholders operating in the field of care and technologies, has been published. The report investigates technological innovations in the area of ageing and care across the participating countries, beginning with the needs of older people rather than with the technology.
The overall vision is of good care as the range of services which enable older people and their carers to maintain good later life as they understand it, recognising the great diversity of older people. The project established clearly that a common international approach to this topic is possible, but that relevant policies are often not coordinated at national level, and there is no way for older people and their carers to find impartial advice on what technologies are available and useful for particular needs and circumstances.
Policy should begin with what older people and their carers (both formal and informal) believe is good care, taking into account international human rights standards. The following policy pointers are designed to lead to this: