Constraints for uptake of telecare services in Slovenia
Faculty of Social Sciences University of Ljubljana Ljubljana, Slovenia
/ Social Protection Institute of the Republic of Slovenia Ljubljana, Slovenia
Contemporary societies are facing two striking trends: widespread population ageing and rapid diffusion of new technologies. Since old age usually correlates with diminished abilities and health, we are embracing the potentials of technological advances to enhance health, abilities and relationships. However, the abilities, needs, aspirations and contextual environments of older people vary greatly. The aim of the proposed paper is to give an overview of the main subjective and objective constraints and motives of the Slovenian older adults for using basic and advanced telecare services. Different factors of the acceptance of the telecare services will be considered and their potential influence will be contextualised particularly within Slovenia, but also compared across several European countries.
Even though in Slovenia there are long waiting lists for entering the residential care and the diffusion of ICTs in general among the oldest population segment is on the average EU level, the uptake of even the basic ICT (social alarm) is very low (there are less than 1 percent of people aged 65 or more using the basic social alarm). The paper will provide insights into what might be specific reasons for this low adoption of telecare services in Slovenia. This research question will be investigated within the general conceptual framework of an ?ecological? model (Sixsmith et al., 2007). The underlying argument of this model is that the activities that comprise a person?s everyday life are shaped by a range of different factors, including attributes of the person and attributes of the immediate and wider socio-cultural contexts. These personal and situational factors operate together in a functional, ?ecological? relationship to facilitate or constrain a person?s activities.
Research results will be presented on the basis of secondary data review on the national and cross-country level (authors are involved in several national and EU-level projects - e.g. ICT and Ageing, SOPRANO - which will allow also a cross-country analysis and exploration of differences across different social welfare systems).