Experiences of using a memory aid to structure and support daily activities in a small-scale group accommodation for people with dementia

Kerkhof, Y.J.F. and Rabiee-Khan, Fatemeh and Willems, C.G. (2013) Experiences of using a memory aid to structure and support daily activities in a small-scale group accommodation for people with dementia. Dementia, 14 (5). pp. 633-649. ISSN 14713012

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Background: Use of technology to structure and support the daily activities of the residents in a small-scale group accommodation (SSGA) for dementia is a new innovation in the Netherlands. This paper presents the process of development of this new way of structuring activities and the findings of a pilot study looking at the experiences of using this device in people with dementia. Method: A qualitative method was chosen, data were collected using individual interviews with the residents (n = 6), focus groups interviews with informal carers (n = 5) and members of staff (n = 6). Data were analysed using Ritchie & Spencer’s framework (1994). Findings: Three main themes emerged: issues regarding the implementation, needs for further development and the learning experiences acquired during the development. The majority of the residents were happy with the use and function of the memory aid. However, the occurrence of installation errors, limited ease of use and a lack of knowledge regarding the function and use of the memory aid were issues that prevented a successful implementation. Findings highlighted shared views about ways of improving through adaptation of the software program and additional technological applications; internet connectivity, improving its accessibility by using a remote control and adding videos and photos. Conclusion: Lessons are learned about the use and transferability of this innovation in people with dementia and other vulnerable target groups including those with learning disabilities as well as its limitation and the needs for further development. © 2013, © The Author(s) 2013.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301213504210
Date: 17 October 2013
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia, memory-aid, small-scale group accommodation, technology, user centred design
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR) > Health and Wellbeing
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 15:34
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018 15:14
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1287

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