The book investigates digitalisation in care for older people by giving insight into service users’ and professionals’ opportunities to digital agency in the context of European welfare states.

With a focus on service users and providers experiences of digital care, the contributions address the manifold and often contradictory consequences of active ageing policies and innovation programmes. To assess digital agency of older people, ageism and co-creation in the innovation processes as well the use of digital platforms are addressed, while care professionals’ digital agency is examined through empirical cases that focus on the interaction between human and non-human actors in long-term care services, the temporality and spatiality of care, and the organisational requirements for successful implementation of digital technologies.

From a variety of conceptual and theoretical viewpoints, the chapters provide a comprehensive and timely overview of ways to address the phenomena of ageing and digitalisation. The book provides critical vantage points to academic readership, health and social care professionals, policymakers, other stakeholders as well as the general audience on the effects of digitalisation in care for older people.

"The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license. The Open Access fee was funded by University of Jyvaskyla, Finland."

part Part I|32 pages

Studying digital transformation in care for older people

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages


ByHelena Hirvonen, Mia Tammelin, Eveline J.M. Wouters, Riitta Hänninen
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chapter Chapter 2|18 pages

Healthcare and technology

The multi-level perspective: theories, models, and frameworks
ByEveline J.M. Wouters

part Part II|58 pages

Digital agency of older people

chapter Chapter 3|19 pages

The ageing entrepreneur

Co-opting older adults into the siliconisation of care
ByLuciana Lolich, Virpi Timonen

chapter Chapter 4|18 pages

‘Bridging' and ‘fixing' endangered social rights in the digitalising welfare state

The ambiguous role of third sector organisations in supporting marginalised older migrants in Finland
ByUlla Buchert, Sirpa Wrede

chapter Chapter 5|19 pages

Ageism in applying digital technology in healthcare

Implications for adoption and actual use
ByIttay Mannheim, Yvonne van Zaalen, Eveline J.M. Wouters

part Part III|96 pages

Digital agency in care work

chapter Chapter 6|18 pages

Temporalities of digital eldercare

ByAnnette Kamp

chapter Chapter 7|17 pages

New choreographies of care

Understanding the digital transformation of body work in care for older people
ByAgnete Meldgaard Hansen, Sidsel Lond Grosen

chapter Chapter 8|17 pages

Sense of belonging in a digitalised care work community

ByMia Tammelin, Helena Hirvonen, Antti Hämäläinen, Riitta Hänninen
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chapter Chapter 9|21 pages

Sealing the deal?

Irish caregivers' experiences of Paro, the social robot
ByPerry Share, John Pender

chapter Chapter 10|21 pages

Digital skills and application use among Finnish home care workers in the eldercare sector

ByEero Rantala, Sakari Taipale, Tomi Oinas, Joonas Karhinen
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