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Formal and informal carers' views on ICT in dementia care: Insights from two qualitative studies

Formal and informal caregivers' views on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions in dementia care were assessed using semi-structured qualitative interviews. Both caregiver groups were very little aware of available ICT solutions and the technological progress in this area. The analysis revealed three overarching themes: (i) barriers of ICT use in dementia care, (ii) expected benefits, and (iii) desired ICT functions or characteristics.

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Depressive symptomatology and associated factors in dementia in Europe: Home care versus long-term care

This study forms part of a larger European programme investigating the transition from home care to long-term care (LTC) facility in people with dementia (PwD) at the margins of LTC. The aim of this study was to explore the factors associated with depressive symptomatology in PwD in different settings.

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The use of social healthcare resources and informal care characteristics care ofimmobilised homecare patients

Objective: To describe the use of social healthcare resources by immobilised patients and informal care characteristics and the level/degree of satisfaction with home care services.

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Can a Service Robot Which Supports Independent Living of Older People Disobey a Command? The Views of Older People, Informal Carers and Professional Caregivers on the Acceptability of Robots

Sustaining independent living for elderly people in their own homes is desirable for various reasons. As older people become frail or disabled, a ‘gap’ appears between the abilities they still have and the abilities that are required for independent living. To a certain extent robots may close this gap by providing functionality lost through frailty or disability. A scenario was created involving a re-enablement coach robot. This scenario was discussed with older people, informal carers, and care professionals in focus groups in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and France.

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Predictors of effective support for carers of persons with dementia

Objective: To investigate how informal carers of community dwelling persons with dementia value the Meeting Centers Support Programme (MCSP) for people with dementia and their carers, including the carer support activities, such as informative meetings, discussion groups and individual consultation, and to explore if characteristics of the carers are related to their satisfaction with and effectiveness of the support programme. 

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Donepezil for dementia due to Alzheimer's disease

Background: Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia in older people. One of the aims of therapy is to inhibit the breakdown of a chemical neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, by blocking the relevant enzyme. This can be done by a group of chemicals known as cholinesterase inhibitors. Objectives: The objective of this review is to assess whether donepezil improves the well-being of patients with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease.

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"Because you know there's an end to it": caring for a relative or friend with advanced breast cancer

Objective: The aim of this paper is to delineate the particular nature of the end-of-life care experience from the perspective of family members and friends. Ideas drawn from feminist analyses of caring and the sociology of death and dying are used to illuminate study respondents' accounts.

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Self-care, plesio-care, telecare and m-care: A new assisted living model

Purpose – This paper critically reviews the motivations for introducing different connected healthcare to support Assisted Living in older and other vulnerable groups. The aim is to develop a new approach that will be sustainable in the future.

Design/methodology/approach – The methodology involves a consideration of assessment criteria currently being employed and the resulting costs and limitations in providing a person centred approach. The implications of introducing new technologies such as plesiocare and mCare are then considered.

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Carers of people with dementia and the use of assistive technologies

Assistive technologies have a role in supporting both formal and informal carers of people with dementia. Whilst assistive technologies have a role in maintaining the independence and quality of life of both people with dementia and their carers, their use has both disadvantages and advantages, can pose challenges for all concerned, and raises ethical dilemmas. In this chapter, a model derived from Arnstein's ladder of participation is used to highlight the importance of empowering and connecting with carers in order to increase their participation in the care of their relative or client.

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