Impact analysis of smart assistive technologies for people with dementia

Yuginovich, Trudy and Soar, Jeffrey ORCID: and Su, Ying (2012) Impact analysis of smart assistive technologies for people with dementia. In: 7th International Conference on Cooperation and Promotion of Information Resources in Science and Technology (COINFO 2012): Information Sharing in the Cloud, 23-25 Nov 2012, Nanjing, China.

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Aims: To trial the use of a range of available Smart Assistive Technologies for people with dementia and their families.

Methodology: Participants in the project were selected on the basis of having a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of dementia; living at home and eligible for government funding for care in their own homes. All participants were assessed by an Occupational Therapist, and then based on this assessment of individual need and functional capacity, were prescribed individual items of AT.

Findings: The results found a range of benefits including a significant reduction in the extent to which carers were worried about the client getting out of bed at night and falling following the implementation of AT. No difference was found in the ability of carers to leave the client alone at home as a result of the AT, nor any indication that AT made the clients feel safer. AT did not reduce their need for external support services (respite), in-home care (housework and /or meals). Contrary to expectations results also found that neither the levels of stress nor the frequency of stress reported by carers decreased significantly secondary to the introduction of AT. Finally carers had perceived that using the AT would enable the client to remain home longer, however this was not supported by the post AT survey.

Summary: The disability support and aged care sectors have not to date taken full advantage of assistive and other relevant technologies; there is a massive unmet need for greater support and a significant level of issues that are not addressed. There are a range of potential benefits of Smart Assistive Technologies for people with dementia, their families and carers. This small study confirmed some of these whilst confirmation of other potential benefits will require more research.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Information Systems (1 Jan 2011 - 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Information Systems (1 Jan 2011 - 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 22:51
Last Modified: 01 May 2018 05:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: information technology; assistive technology; disability support; independent living; aged care; seniors; dementia
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
12 Built Environment and Design > 1201 Architecture > 120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111702 Aged Health Care
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4608 Human-centred computing > 460806 Human-computer interaction
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3301 Architecture > 330105 Architectural science and technology
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420301 Aged health care
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing

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