[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 2, September 2012].
This report, from the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) based at the London School of Economics, examines the research literature and user surveys to construct a quantitative model which aims to provide estimates of the average costs and benefits associated with use of equipment and adaptations by dependent older people.
This report shows how reducing investment in this equipment and adaptations can have real knock-on implications for the demand for health and social care resources more generally.
Each pound invested in equipment and adaptations reduces the demand for other health and social care services by 58p on average (including both state and private costs). These services also offer improvements to the quality of life of the dependent person worth £1.52 per pound invested. Even according to the most pessimistic estimates, reductions in the demand for health and social care are valued at 26p per pound invested, with quality of life improvements equating to £1.38.
Reductions in the demand for health and social care are estimated at £1.08 per pound invested, with quality of life gains valued at £1.72. Adaptive technologies generate net social benefits; even disregarding other likely (but unquantifiable) benefits, such as those for carers.
Snell, T. Fernandez, JL. [and] Forder, J. (2012). Building a business case for investing in adaptive technologies in England. London: London School of Economics and Political Science (Personal Social Services Research Unit; PSSRU), July 13th 2012.