caring, carers, telecare

Video: AKTIVE - Advancing Knowledge of Telecare for Independence and Vitality in later life

30th September 2014, AKTIVE project (Advancing Knowledge of Telecare for Independence and Vitality in later life)

A new video released by the AKTIVE research team explores behavioural, design and structural factors affecting the adoption and use of telecare for older frail individuals.

The AKTIVE project (Advancing Knowledge of Telecare for Independence and Vitality in later life) investigated the uptake of assisted living technologies (ALTs) by older people and examined how telecare can be developed to improve the life of individuals who are prone to falls or have memory problems. 

Assessing telecare for carers of older people: a research network

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Ms Brigid Barron, Innovation and Programme Manager, Caring for Carers Ireland


  • Dr Assumpta Ryan, Lecturer in Nursing, University of Ulster
  • Ms Sarah Delaney, Senior Research Consultant, The Work Research Centre
  • Ms Catherine Keogh, Care Practice Co-ordinator, Alzheimer Society of Ireland
  • Ms Helen Ferguson, Director, Carers NI
  • Professor Mike Nolan, Professor of Gerontological Nursing, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Brian Lawlor, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin
  • Professor Kathy Murphy, Head of School, School of Nursing & Midwifery, NUI Galway
  • Ms Mairead Hayes, representative of Caring for Carers Ireland
  • Ms Avril Craig, representative of Carers NI
  • Mr Pat Donohue, Programme Specialist, Tipperary Institute of Technology
  • Ms Anne Sherriff, Group Manager, Occupational Therapy & Technology Service, West Lothian Council.

Stress and fatigue among carers of older people is a problem that can lead to depression and the breakdown of the care provided.  

In order to explore the potential contribution of telecare in helping carers of older people, CARDI funded the development of a research network in 2009. It was led by Brigid Barron of Caring for Carers Ireland to assess the impact of telecare on carers of older people in terms of reducing stress and increasing quality of life. 

This research brief is based on the findings of the network as well as CARDI’s own research in this area.

CARDI grant programme