1st Edition

Digital Transformations in Care for Older People Critical Perspectives

    210 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    210 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The book investigates digitalisation in care for older people by giving insight into service users’ and professionals’ opportunities to digital agency in the context of European welfare states.

    With a focus on service users and providers experiences of digital care, the contributions address the manifold and often contradictory consequences of active ageing policies and innovation programmes. To assess digital agency of older people, ageism and co-creation in the innovation processes as well the use of digital platforms are addressed, while care professionals’ digital agency is examined through empirical cases that focus on the interaction between human and non-human actors in long-term care services, the temporality and spatiality of care, and the organisational requirements for successful implementation of digital technologies.

    From a variety of conceptual and theoretical viewpoints, the chapters provide a comprehensive and timely overview of ways to address the phenomena of ageing and digitalisation. The book provides critical vantage points to academic readership, health and social care professionals, policymakers, other stakeholders as well as the general audience on the effects of digitalisation in care for older people.

    "The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license. The Open Access fee was funded by University of Jyvaskyla, Finland."

    Part I: Studying Digital Transformation in Care of Older People

    1. Introduction
    Helena Hirvonen, Mia Tammelin, Eveline J.M. Wouters and Riitta Hänninen

    2. Healthcare and Technology: The Multi-Level Perspective. Theories, Models and Frameworks
    Eveline J.M. Wouters

    Part II: Digital Agency of Older People

    3. The ageing entrepreneur: Co-opting older adults into the siliconisation of care
    Luciana Lolich and Virpi Timonen

    4. ‘Bridging’ and ‘Fixing’ Endangered Social Rights in the Digitalising Welfare State: The Ambiguous Role of Third-Sector Organisations in Supporting Marginalised Older Migrants in Finland
    Ulla Buchert and Sirpa Wrede

    5. Ageism in Applying Digital Technology in Healthcare: Implications for Adoption and Actual Use
    Ittay Mannheim, Yvonne van Zaalen and Eveline J.M. Wouters

    Part III: Digital Agency in Care Work

    6. Temporalities of Digital Eldercare
    Annette Kamp

    7. New Choreographies of Care: Understanding the Digital Transformation of Body Work in Care for Older People
    Agnete Meldgaard Hansen and Sidsel Lond Grosen

    8. Sense of Belonging in a Digitalised Care Work Community
    Mia Tammelin, Helena Hirvonen, Antti Hämäläinen and Riitta Hänninen

    9. Sealing the Deal? Irish Caregivers’ Experiences of Paro, the Social Robot
    Perry Share and John Pender

    10. Digital Skills and Application Use among Finnish Home Care Workers in the Elder Care Sector 
    Eero Rantala, Sakari Taipale, Tomi Oinas and Joonas Karhinen


    Helena Hirvonen, Ph.D., Adjunct Prof., is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland and a senior researcher at the Centre of Excellence in Research on Aging and Care at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

    Mia Tammelin, PhD., Adjunct Prof., is a Principal lecturer at Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, School of Health and Social Studies and a Senior researcher at the Centre of Excellence in Research on Aging and Care at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

    Riitta Hänninen, Ph.D., is Cultural anthropologist who works as a senior researcher at the Centre of Excellence in Research on Aging and Care at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

    Eveline J.M. Wouters was Educated as a physician and epidemiologist and is a Professor at Fontys University of Applied Science, School of allied health professions and at Tilburg University, School of social and behavioural sciences, department of Tranzo, The Netherlands.

    "Care for older people is stepping into a brave new digital world and Digital Transformations is among the very first books to address this ongoing metamorphosis. It does this head on, providing a sharp-eyed critical analysis of the emergence of digicare."

    Professor Teppo Kröger, University of Jyväskylä, Finland