An ageing population provokes an economic interest in the resource allocation questions posed by long-term care and critically, the development of sustainable community-based health and social care models that support independent living. This paper explores Irish citizens preferences and willingness to pay (WTP) for a range of community-based care programmes, including different telecare programmes that support older people to continue living at home. The paper reports on a cross-sectional multi-good contingent valuation survey conducted between April and September 2009 with three representative samples of the Irish population (N = 1214) to identify rankings and preferences for different community care programmes including: family care programme, a state-provided care programme and three different telecare programmes. The survey design permits the identification of strength, direction and relative preferences of different forms of community care provision. We also investigate convergent validity between ranking and willingness to pay results. We find that while people place significant value on formal state care provision and on telecare programmes, willingness to pay (WTP) estimates continue to highlight the importance of family care, which remains the strongest preference of the Irish population for the provision of community-based care for older people in the country. Respondents weakened their ranking preferences in the WTP exercise. However, both the direction of ranking and WTP estimates confirm the importance of family care. While all telecare programmes generated some economic value, telecare associated with social connection had much stronger support than telecare used to support physical or cognitive care needs. This paper offers unique information on societal values for different forms of community care provision, and in particular, the direction of preferences for technology-based approaches. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.