Higher quality of life for people with dementia by client-centred use of applications (WC2014-045)

Background

Starting date: 01/03/2014

As a result of the growing ageing population (e.g. people with dementia), the expected labour shortage in care and the limited financial resources reforms in the Dutch long-term care are necessary. The government endeavours to invest in new types of care and welfare services, such as eHealth. Among others, the development of eHealth results in the availability of new applications (apps) in the field of care and welfare. Based on the first positive results, organisations would like to extend the use of tablets and apps to specific target groups, such as people with dementia and people with mild cognitive impairment. At the moment it is not clear which apps are suitable and usable for supporting people with dementia and how people with dementia can be coached to learn to use a tablet and its apps. A client-centred programme that supports individual people with dementia and their carers to select applications that meet the needs, wishes and abilities of people with dementia and support them in how to use the tablet for daytime activities and ADL might be helpful. Client-centred refers to person-centred dementia care which emphasise the importance of valuing people with dementia and those who care for them, treating people as individuals, looking at the world from the perspective of the person with dementia and providing a positive social environment in which the person living with dementia can experience relative well-being (Kitwood, 1997).