The provision of care is a central activity that changes according to the context of intervention along the continuum of loss of autonomy and dependence on others. The context of intervention is not pre-empted by technology, it is constantly evolving or transforming itself with the loss of autonomy of care recipients. The contexts of care are always in transition and the carer has to adapt to the changing needs of care recipients over time: “The degree of physical and/or mental limitation in health of an older person determines to a large degree which kind of ICT can or should be used”. Another concept associated with the constant evolution and the transition of care context is that the use of technology also evolves or increases from ICT to AALT - the greater the loss of autonomy, the greater the need for support to stay socially connected, active, and live independently; and with increased levels of dependence, more in terms of assisted living is required. The carer will have needs for information and services that support him providing care with ICT and AALT, in particular:
- Supporting active ageing;
- Supporting social inclusion of older people;
- Supporting independent living;
- Supporting assisted living.
One transversal sub-theme that develops along the use of ICT within each of the context of intervention is the “Understanding of data protection and privacy issues”. This means, regardless of the context of intervention or the technology, observing that privacy is considered, ensuring confidentiality and security while using ICT, respecting intimacy and understanding about the ethical dimension of social care.