Summary

Care homes (both residential and nursing) are an indispensable component of the portfolio of long-term care options available in the UK. 

However, the rising needs of our elderly population during this period of austerity are creating huge challenges for the industry. The greater use of ICT has for many years been proposed as a way of helping care homes provide high-quality services and improve their sustainability. 

Over this same period, SEHTA has been bringing care providers and technology suppliers together to help create sustainable ventures from its vantage point of independence from both. 

Coming from this background, this Review analyses the changing care environment and its impact on care homes and, from the large number of pilot projects and trials, identifies what will make a difference to a care home. 

The Review describes the process that SEHTA has developed for eliciting requirements and selecting solutions through rigorous analysis of care home needs and thorough analysis of the costs and benefits for implementing technologies to meet those needs. 

The conclusion is that the evidence is available and that now is the time for care home owners to implement appropriate technology to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.