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The Perspectives of Professional Caregivers on Implementing Audio-Based Technology in Residential Dementia Care

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Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Tranzo, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands
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School for Allied Health Professions, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, 5600 AH Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Ageing Futures Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
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Mental Healthcare Institute Eindhoven, 5626 ND Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(17), 6333; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176333
Received: 23 July 2020 / Revised: 27 August 2020 / Accepted: 28 August 2020 / Published: 31 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Innovations and Technology)
Music and familiar everyday sounds can be meaningful for people with dementia by providing benefits such as evoking memories and emotions or prompting social interactions with caregivers or relatives. Motivated by this potential, researchers and designers are investigating how to leverage these beneficial effects of sound in care environments through audio-based technology. However, there is a gap in the knowledge of how audio-based technology can be successfully implemented within everyday care practice. In this paper, we present the outcome of three participatory workshops with 18 professional caregivers to explore how audio-based technology can add value to existing care processes and activities in residential dementia care. During the participatory workshops, professional caregivers (1) mapped existing care activities; (2) linked findings in research with practice, and (3) designed scenarios for the Vita sound cushion. Care professionals indicate how audio-based technology can support existing care practice by influencing the mood of residents and by supporting social interaction during moments of care, daytime activities, or situational sessions. This study bridges research findings with insights from practice, contributing to a shared understanding of opportunities for embedding audio-based technology in dementia care. These opportunities motivate future research to implement and evaluate audio-based technology in residential dementia care. View Full-Text
Keywords: audio-based technology; care practice; dementia; participatory workshops; professional caregivers; sound; technology in healthcare audio-based technology; care practice; dementia; participatory workshops; professional caregivers; sound; technology in healthcare
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Houben, M.; Brankaert, R.; Kenning, G.; Eggen, B.; Bongers, I. The Perspectives of Professional Caregivers on Implementing Audio-Based Technology in Residential Dementia Care. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6333.

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