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dc.contributor.authorSmith, S.K.*
dc.contributor.authorMountain, Gail*
dc.contributor.authorHawkins, R.J.*
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-25T15:43:05Z
dc.date.available2018-10-25T15:43:05Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationSmith KS, Mountain GA and Hawkins RJ (2018) Qualitatively exploring the suitability of tablet computers to encourage participation with activities by people with moderate stage dementia. Online before print.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/16627
dc.descriptionNo
dc.description.abstractOpportunities to participate with enjoyable activities is one of the most frequently reported unmet needs by the person living with dementia. Enabling and intuitive technologies may offer accessible ways to engage with such activities. Objectives: To explore how tablet computers might encourage participation in enjoyable activities by people with moderate levels of dementia and to consider how such technologies might be incorporated into the repertoire of activities currently provided through day care settings. Methods: A focused visual ethnographic approach was developed specifically to meet the research objectives. Twelve participants attending a community day care centre and nine supporters (both volunteers and paid staff) consented to take part in the research. Technology facilitated group activity sessions took place twice a week for a period of four weeks and all were video recorded. Findings: Video analysis demonstrated that the majority of people with dementia found the technology an effective means of participating in enjoyable activities. Analysis also revealed the extent to which participation relies on the existence of effective support. It showed how maintaining focus on retained strengths and abilities enabled the group overall to meet and often exceed their own and others perceived capacity to participate. Finally, analysis confirmed the importance of enjoyment of activities ‘in the moment’ and the need for those supporting people in the moderate stages of dementia to acknowledge and work with this. Conclusion: The use of tablet computers to enhance participation in sociable and enjoyable activities in day care settings is realistic and achievable if supported appropriately.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectDementia
dc.subjectTablet computers
dc.subjectPaticipation
dc.subjectQualitative
dc.subjectInformation and Communications Technology (ICT)
dc.subjectActivities
dc.subjectEngagement
dc.titleQualitatively exploring the suitability of tablet computers to encourage participation with activities by people with moderate stage dementia
dc.status.refereedYes
dc.date.application2018-09-30
dc.typeArticle
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dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1177/1471301218802897
refterms.dateFOA2018-10-25T15:43:05Z


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