A wide-ranging article about telecare monitoring in Axcess News (“News for the X generation”) has an example of an older couple and their daughter – who also visits her parents every day – talking approvingly of a level of video surveillance which seems to this editor (Steve) to step over the line of what’s acceptable when you consider that less intrusive technologies can achieve the same level of reassurance without requiring the people being monitored to adapt their lives around it. It will be interesting to know whether readers think it is acceptable for someone monitoring by video to offer an unsolicited comment on whether something is cooked enough… Innovation in senior care: ‘Telecaregivers’ help more seniors age at home.
[Ed. Donna’s notes on Ed. Steve’s post above. Original article published in the Christian Science Monitor, author Husna Haq. Content might sound familiar to our readers as much of this article resembles different parts of a four-part series on NPR [TA 24 Aug] by Jennifer Ludden which also profiled the same family using ResCare, New Millenial Homes (of Tampa Bay, Florida), Adaptive Home and the MIT AgeLab. What is new is the MIT AgeLab’s Aware Car and a different quote from psychologist on aging Nancy Schlossberg. Any conclusions you’d like to draw on ‘ethical lines’ are your own! (And the paucity of comments on the CSM is startling, considering the subject matter.)]