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1st Edition

Personal Response Systems
An International Report of a New Home Care Service

ISBN 9781138978232
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
260 Pages

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Book Description

This important new book describes the origins, developments, and current status of personal response systems, a new means for persons at risk who live alone to get help in case of emergency. In Personal Response Systems, experts from ten countries report on the status, achievements, and challenges involved in setting up, distributing, and operating personal response systems (PRS). Experienced authors from a variety of backgrounds describe the technology, economics, and social effects of PRS, and its integration into existing health and housing programs.

Professionals who provide home health services will find important information about the most efficient and cost effective designs of personal response systems. They will learn how to evaluate and recommend the most appropriate systems for their clients with the assistance of this valuable new book. Research on the frequency and types of emergencies and the many psychological and social benefits to users of this new technology and their families are also discussed.

Personal Response Systems covers systems in a number of countries, including Japan, Israel, Sweden, New Zealand, and Germany. Authors representing universities, social agencies, and manufacturing plants provide a balanced, thorough presentation of the subject. These authors discuss:

  • the technology of personal response systems
  • demographic trends
  • how to set up a PRS in a community
  • the integration of PRS into housing for the elderly and disabled
  • benefits to consumers and health care systems
  • the effects of PRS on family relationships
  • emergencies best suited for PRS
  • analysis of how future technology will expand the medical and protective functions of PRS

    Health care planners, social workers, physicians, case managers, housing developers and managers, and others involved in caring for the elderly or disabled will find a valuable store of information in this comprehensive volume. They will be able to evaluate more quickly the most appropriate PRS services for their clients and tenants.

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword

  • Introduction
  • I. Canada
  • Emergency Response Systems--The Canadian Perspective
  • Product Design and Social Implications in a Personal Response Program
  • II. Denmark
  • Services for the Danish Elderly: The Role of Technical Aids
  • General and Specific Aspects of Emergency Response Systems in Denmark
  • III. Germany
  • Structure, Aims, and Prospectives of PRS in Germany
  • IV. Israel
  • Emergency Response Systems in Israel
  • V. Japan
  • Recent Trends of ERS in Japan
  • VI. The Netherlands
  • Organizing and Financing PRS by a Health Insurance Fund
  • From Alarm Systems to Smart Houses
  • VII. New Zealand
  • Mid-Range Technology: A New-Zealand Perspective
  • VIII. Sweden
  • The Swedish Model of Social Alarm Systems for the Care of the Elderly
  • IX. Scotland
  • Community Alarm Systems in Scotland
  • X. Wales
  • Local Authority and Housing Association Perspectives on ERS in the United States
  • XI. England
  • Alarms and Telephones in Emergency Response--Research From the United Kingdom
  • Community Alarm Systems
  • XII. United States
  • Personal Response Systems in the United States
  • Public Financing for Personal Response Systems: A Federal Viewpoint
  • ERS as a Community Outreach Service From a Nursing Home
  • XIII. Summary and Discussion
  • Personal Response Services Present and Future
  • Reference Notes Included
  • Index

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