Perspectives of stakeholders on technology use in the care of community-living older adults with dementia: A systematic literature review

L.C. van Boekel*, E.J.M. Wouters, B.M. Grimberg, N.J.M. van der Meer, K.G. Luijkx

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Abstract

Although technology has the potential to promote aging in place, the use of technology remains scarce among community-living older adults with dementia. A reason might be that many stakeholders are involved who all have a different perspective on technology use (i.e., needs, wishes, attitudes, possibilities, and difficulties). We systematically searched the literature in order to provide an overview of perspectives of different stakeholders on technology use among community-living older adults with dementia. After selection, 46 studies were included. We mainly found perspectives of informal caregivers and, to a lesser extent, of persons with dementia and formal caregivers. Perspectives of suppliers of technology were not present. Shared perspectives among persons with dementia and informal and formal caregivers were, among other things, ease of use, stability and flexibility of technology, importance of privacy, and confidentiality. We also found that among older persons, fun and pleasure, in addition to enhancing freedom and independence, facilitates technology use. Informal caregivers' peace of mind and relief of burden also appeared to be important in using technologies. Formal caregivers value the potential of technologies to improve monitoring and communication. Insight in shared, and conflicting perspectives of stakeholders are essential to enhance the use of technology
Original languageEnglish
Article number73
Number of pages12
JournalHealthcare
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • ACCEPTABILITY
  • AGING IN-PLACE
  • ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
  • FAMILY CAREGIVERS
  • INTERVENTION
  • PEOPLE
  • PROFESSIONAL CAREGIVERS
  • SENSOR TECHNOLOGY
  • SMART HOMES
  • SUPPORT-SYSTEM
  • dementia
  • formal caregivers
  • informal caregivers
  • older adults
  • perspectives
  • technology

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