Role of assistive technologies for person-centered dementia care: An exploratory case study in Japan

Taro Sugihara, Tsutomu Fujinami

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Abstract

This article discusses potential role of assistive technologies for dementia care. Despite urgent needs for person-centered care, it is difficult for care houses in Japan to achieve it because of a lack of resources and fatigue caused by the shortage of funds and caregivers. Assistive technologies for dementia care are fruitful in helping care work. However, little attention has been focused on the influence of these technologies on person-centered care. To investigate effects of assistive technologies on the care house, we installed a video monitoring system for caregivers in three homes and observed the effects of applying the system to caregiving by interviews and video observations. As results, the video monitoring system enabled caregivers to optimize their work and helped them concentrate on their tasks at hand, reducing both mental and physical stresses. Finally, we established the concept of a triage support environment, which can augment dementia care.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCaregivers
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges, Practices and Cultural Influences
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages225-242
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781626180307
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2013

Keywords

  • Assistive technologies
  • Person-centered dementia care
  • System development and deployment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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    Sugihara, T., & Fujinami, T. (2013). Role of assistive technologies for person-centered dementia care: An exploratory case study in Japan. In Caregivers: Challenges, Practices and Cultural Influences (pp. 225-242). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..