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Online Supports for Family Carers: Options & Experiences

By Care Alliance Ireland


One of the key developments of the late 20th and early 21st centuries is the development of the internet as an everyday tool used by the majority of citizens. By 2015, 80% of the Irish population, across all age groups, had used the internet in some way in the three months preceding the survey (Central Statistics Office, 2016). Ninety five percent of those aged between 16 and 29, and nearly half of those aged between 60 and 74, had done so. It is clear, therefore, that the internet is increasingly becoming a tool that must be understood and utilised as a viable way to increase supports for Family Carers. Continuing in the tradition of previous papers in this series, this paper details some of\ud the key issues on this topic – introducing the various types of online supports for Family Carers currently available and in development, both nationally and internationally, and going on to outline some of the benefits and challenges facing organisations who provide such supports. The purpose of this paper is not to present an exhaustive piece of research, but to stimulate discussion

Publisher: Care Alliance Ireland
Year: 2016
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