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Conclusions of the Workshop on Long-term Care Challenges in an Ageing Society: the Role of ICT and Migrants
(Brussels, 19 January 2010)

  • Authors: Christine Redecker and Clara Centeno
  • EUR Number: JRC58928 Technical Note
  • Publication date: 6/2010


In an ageing society, with expected increases in the number of people in need of long-term care; shrinking numbers of health professionals and dedicated carers; high-level health technology; and growing costs for national budgets, two complementary trends are likely to emerge as components of a supply-side solution to meeting the demand for home care: migrant care labour to complement and supplement professional healthcare provision, on the one hand, and ICT devices and applications supporting care functions, like monitoring and surveillance, on the other.
To better understand how these two trends interact and how they potentially counteract or complement each other, JRC-IPTS launched a research project on “The potential of ICT in supporting informal domiciliary caregivers, with particular attention to the case of immigrant care-workers” which was carried out in four countries (UK, Italy, Spain and Germany) during 2008-2009. To disseminate and discuss the main findings of this research, the European Commission invited experts and policymakers to a workshop on “Long-term care challenges in an ageing society: the role of ICT and migrants”, on 19 January 2010. This report reflects the workshop discussions and outlines, in particular, future challenges and research needs, as they emerged from the debate.

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