A conceptual valuation framework (VF) for home telecare system devices

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    Purpose – The aim of this paper is to present a conceptual valuation framework to allow telecare service stakeholders to assess telecare devices in the home in terms of their social, psychological and practical effects. The framework enables telecare service operators to more effectively engage with the social and psychological issues resulting from telecare technology deployment in the home and to design and develop appropriate responses as a result.
    Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides a contextual background for the need for sociologically pitched tools that engage with the social and cultural feelings of telecare service users before presenting the valuation framework and how it could be used.
    Findings – A conceptual valuation framework is presented for potential development/use.
    Research limitations/implications – The valuation framework has yet to be extensively tested or verified.
    Practical implications – The valuation framework needs to be tested and deployed by a telecare service operator but the core messages of the paper are valid and interesting for readership.
    Social implications – In addressing the social and cultural perspectives of telecare service stakeholders, the paper makes a link between the technologies in the home, the feelings and orientations of service users (e.g. residents, emergency services, wardens, etc.) and the telecare service operator.
    Originality/value – The paper is an original contribution to the field as it details how the sociological orientations of telecare technology service users should be valued and addressed by service operators. It has a value through the conceptual arguments made and through valuation framework presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)63-68
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Assistive Technologies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013


    • Telecare
    • support services
    • Sociology
    • evaluation
    • Health care
    • digital technology


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