Need for Telecare for Home Residents with Dementia: Potential Solutions - Based on the Experiences of Close Relatives and Healthcare Professionals

Marthe M. Fensli
Department of Health and Nursing Science, University of Agder, Norway

Elin Thygesen
Department of Health and Nursing Science, University of Agder, Norway

Martin W. Gerdes
Department of Information- and Communication Technology, University of Agder, Norway

Rune Fensli
Department of Information- and Communication Technology, University of Agder, Norway

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Ingår i: Scandinavian Conference on Health Informatics; August 22; 2014; Grimstad; Norway

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 102:9, s. 61-67

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Publicerad: 2014-08-20

ISBN: 978-91-7519-241-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


Elderly people would ideally live in their home as long as pos-sible; even in situations with cognitive deficits; such as with an early stage of dementia. Their close relatives will often try to assist and support with problems in daily care and normal living situations; which can last for a long period of time before the home health care services get involved. In a qualitative study carried out in a Norwegian municipality; we have focused on how close relatives of elderly home-living people with dementia experience their situation; and how they would like to collaborate with the municipality home health care services. During a series of group interviews with repre-sentatives from home nurse services; we highlighted the expe-rience of a collaborative dementia care. In order to evaluate potential technology solutions that might be favorable for both the elderly person and their close rela-tives; we investigated relationships between the experienced daily problems and how technology could be used to compen-sate the lack of cognitive functions; presenting some exam-ples of current Telecare solutions.


Dementia care; family caregivers; welfare technology; eHealth; safety; confidence; coping


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