The role and use of welfare technology in elderly care: the case of Portugal

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Abstract

The paper presents facts and figures about Portuguese demography and its relation to the national institutional organisation of long-term care system. Hereby, the focus lies on “Digital Competence among long-term care system” where are presented elements of the current status of the use of technology and social innovations in elderly care institutions, specific policy initiatives and some “best practices” on the use of different technologies and innovations in Portugal. Second, the following chapters provides the “Implications for elderly, staff and working places” with regard to information technologies (IT) applied in the care work, or as mentioned in this report, to “welfare technologies”. There it is analysed the digital effects on organisation of work in long-term care system, the education problems and further training of care staff. The final chapters are about the challenges and risks of the use of technology in care work (covering the topics of integrity, ethical and economical challenges and risks), the societal debates, regulations and best practices, and, finally, the future perspectives and reflections.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMonte de Caparica
PublisherCICS.NOVA – Centro Interdisciplinar de Ciências Sociais
Number of pages37
VolumeWPS04/2019
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

Publication series

NameIET Working Paper Series
PublisherCICS.NOVA – Centro Interdisciplinar de Ciências Sociais
ISSN (Print)1646-8929

Keywords

  • National care system
  • Elderly care institutions
  • Digital technologies
  • Care work
  • Technology assessment
  • Portugal

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

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    Gil, A. P., Moniz, A. B., José, J. M. S. D. S., Krings, B., & Bäckström, B. (2019). The role and use of welfare technology in elderly care: the case of Portugal. (IET Working Paper Series). Monte de Caparica: CICS.NOVA – Centro Interdisciplinar de Ciências Sociais.