Uninvited Guests

December, 5, 2018 | 9 Comments


  1. Pick up the cane and smash the phone and use the fork to clean up the mess…he has not yet got a talking pillow or slippers …

    Cold feet, warm feet, painful feet, do not adjust your set, Uninvited Guests are coming and he will be thrilled to see them…the ‘creepy crawlies’ have not yet – completely infested his home …

  2. Off Topic: An aunt of a Swedish Pandemrix narcolepsy victim writes a debate article in the paper Expressen (expressen.se)

    In essence, my translation: “After 9 years of struggling with narcolepsy, my nephew commits suicide….”

    She isn’t getting any help, she says, not “even” from GSK. Most people who reads Healys blog knows there are no help to be found, from the actual maker of the vaccine, GSK.
    This article is unlikely to stir any major debate.

    And for us here on Healys blog, we can just sit back and ponder, chanses are this is just another victim of sideeffects who departed prematurely.

    This link is google translated: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=sv&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.expressen.se%2Fdebatt%2Fmin-systerson-tog-sitt-liv-efter-vaccinsprutan%2F


  3. Depot injections can already be given against people’s will..watch this space.

    Perhaps those who dream up ways of controlling our lives could ‘discuss’ the idea of being monitored (helped) with the over 65s when dropping into the surgery for flu jabs, pill top ups, health checks, social prescribing that older people are being pushed into having – with extra payments for successful take ups of course. -but how the heck do they get there without ‘help’. Send a bus out to collect them .save time, save money.
    Not to worry new codes of practice/ethics will be drawn up…

  4. I thought the video was cute, and “uninvited guests” an apt title. Glad this man was able to prevail against the technological onslaught.

    This type of thing seems increasingly common within systems of care for the elderly and disabled, although sometimes the uninvited guest is a human caregiver when the elder doesn’t recognize the need.

    Other times there are cameras about the residence because the family wants to be sure staff treats their family member well.

    I visited a friend in a rehab facility that used a device to alert staff when she tried to get out of bed. It was a problem when minimal movement set off the alarm, even when she was trying to sleep, and staff was slow to shut off the noise.

    The latest here, as part of the 21st Century Cures Act, is a new policy to have monitoring devices put in the homes of people who receive Medicaid services to reign in providers who might over bill. But many individuals have providers whom they trust and think this is a violation of everyone’s privacy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ihnq0B0GFY

    The technologies in themselves aren’t necessarily problematic but can become problematic in how they are used, or misused. They bring up all sorts of issues like trust, autonomy, self-determination, privacy, and the value of human connection, which I think is most at risk.

  5. Panopticon

    Could a psychiatrist threaten involuntary hospitalization unless a patient agrees to adherence monitoring technologies? The slippery slope risk is that monitoring our internal health and our medication use could be removed from our personal locus of control to an external one. These devices raise questions that, if not properly addressed, could degrade autonomy.

    The Ethics of Smart Pills and Self-Acting Devices: Autonomy, Truth-Telling, and Trust at the Dawn of Digital Medicine


    Finally, the ethical issues need to be examined on a continuing basis—rather than at one point in time—as the technology is evolving so rapidly. The bioethical debates may take on different dimensions when we consider a future where individuals may interact with many different devices as compared to a single device. We do not know, for instance, whether at some point the total weight of a digital medicine panopticon may become too great, even if each individual device was acceptable on its own.

    Foucault and His Panopticon – power, knowledge, Jeremy …

    The Panopticon was a metaphor that allowed Foucault to explore the relationship between 1.) systems of social control and people in a disciplinary situation and, 2.) the power-knowledge concept.

  6. As history shows ethics are based on shifting sands and even where usually tokenistic inclusion of interested groups is considered there will be a dominant group leading those who draw them up..The people codes/laws will impinge on most are never the ones with the most influence. It has taken 20 years to even carry out even a review of the mental health act which breaches human rights at present and will continue to do so see: –

    Mental Health Today Dec 6th 2018

    Simon Wessley Shares his Independant Review Recommendations

  7. There is no doubt that this is exactly the way we are heading is there – whether we like it or not. More and more of us are on medications year on year with many of them having negative effects therefore more and more ‘checking’ will be needed. We hear that there are less care staff as well as less services so where can things lead except to more advanced gadgets to keep us monitored? Sad state of affairs!
    A few things struck me when watching this fantastic video. Firstly – A 70 YEAR OLD is NOT old and the chap in the video certainly does not need ‘monitoring’ in any sense of the word.
    Sad to notice that the only human contact he had was with the youngster that ‘walked’ his cane for him. Loneliness is far more likely to kill this gentleman than lack of sleep, food or exercise.
    To me, once he’s sorted his gadgets out so that they’re not bothersome, he can lead a comfy, relaxed life – hopefully having visits from his children, either in person or via skype, to add to the welcome daily visit of his cane walker.
    What of his children though? Can they relax knowing that they’ve bought their father all the latest bits and bobs to keep him healthy? I don’t think so. Even though the messages from their father’s home seem to signal that he’s doing extremely well, there will be a sense of guilt I believe which will gnaw at their hearts for leaving him with so little human contact other than the rushed messages when things don’t seem to be going quite right.
    I’m so glad that this video shows that we of a certain age are nobody’s fools! We may be slow to grasp new tech. but very quick in finding alternative methods of survival.
    Do I see any hidden message in this video – yes I do and that is that lack of human contact is going to harm BOTH sides not just the older person. Without human communication none of us can flourish. Caring for others may well mean less time for ourselves but it makes for a contentment and peace of mind that selfishness can never provide

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