Person-centered care and engagement via technology of residents with dementia in aged care facilities

Anita M.Y. Goh, Samantha M. Loi, Alissa Westphal, Nicola T. Lautenschlager

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Abstract

Touchscreen technology (TT) is a resource that can improve the quality of life of residents with dementia, and care staff, in residential aged care facilities (RACF) through a person-centered care approach. To enable the use of TTs to engage and benefit people with dementia in RACFs, education is needed to explore how these devices may be used, what facilitates use, and how to address barriers. We sought to provide education and explore RACF staff views and barriers on using TT to engage their residents with dementia. An educational session on using TT with residents with dementia was given to staff from three long-term RACFs in Melbourne, Australia. A cross-sectional convenience sample of 17 staff members (personal care attendants, registered nurses, enrolled nurses, allied health clinicians, and domestic staff) who attended were administered questionnaires pre- and post-sessions. As a result of the education seminar, they were significantly more confident in their ability to use TT devices with residents. TT, and education to staff about its use with residents with dementia, is a useful strategy to enhance RACF staff knowledge and confidence, thereby enhancing the use of technology in RACFs in order to improve care standards in people with dementia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2099-2103
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Psychogeriatrics
Volume29
Issue number12
Early online date8 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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