The role of everyday sounds in advanced dementia care

M. Houben, R. G. A. Brankaert, S. Bakker, G. Kenning, I. M. B. Bongers, B. Eggen

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The representation of sounds derived from everyday life can be beneficial for people with dementia by evoking memories and emotional responses. Despite this potential, integrating sound and sound-based interventions in care facilities has not received much research attention. In this paper, we present the findings from a field study that explored the responses of 19 people with advanced dementia to a selection of everyday sounds presented to them in a care home and the role of these responses in the care environment. To study this, we deployed Vita, a 'pillow-like' sound player, in two dementia care facilities for four weeks, during which observations were recorded. Afterwards, we conducted interviews with caregivers who used Vita in everyday care practice. Our findings reveal how everyday sounds provided by Vita stimulated meaningful conversation, playfulness, and connection between residents and caregivers. Furthermore, we propose design implications for integrating everyday sounds in dementia care.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020


ConferenceCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI


  • care home
  • dementia
  • design
  • everyday sounds
  • soundscapes


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