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Title:Assistive technologies and dementia: Exploring professional caregivers' attitudes toward the use of assistive technologies in providing care for people with dementia
Author(s):Ely, Eric Richard
Subject(s):Assistive technology
Information technology
Dementia
Professional caregivers
Abstract:This paper examines professional caregivers' perceptions of the use of assistive technologies in providing care for people with dementia. Five professional caregivers were interviewed and a combination of grounded theory and Discourse Analysis was used to analyze the data. All interviewees viewed dementia as a disability, demonstrating the dominance of the disease as a social concept. Findings indicate caregivers operate under discourses of assistance and disability. While caregivers acknowledged technologies can assist in the care of people with dementia, responses also indicated benefits are minimized or negated due to complications of implementing technologies. Results indicate that professional caregivers' perceptions of the use of technologies in providing care for people with dementia are mixed. Despite the benefits, assistive technologies can only be one part of providing effective care for people with dementia.
Issue Date:2019-03-15
Publisher:iSchools
Series/Report:iConference 2019 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/103308
DOI:https://doi.org/10.21900/iconf.2019.103308
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Eric Richard Ely
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-03-22


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