Since last year, I’ve been working on a tablet-based program to help non-expert caregivers facilitate engagement activities for residents of long term care facilities who have dementia. Engagement activities have been shown to be an effective non-pharmacological alternative to help reduce undesirable, so called “difficult” behaviours from residents. It also promotes well-being, and can give caregivers a way to increase self-efficacy and confidence in their caregiving abilities. However, the shortage of caregivers, especially of expert caregivers, makes it challenging to deliver one-on-one, customized engagement activities. In this tablet-based program, we leveraged theory and practice to create a system to guide volunteer visitors in understanding the (dis)abilities of the resident, and facilitating their engagement with the tablet-based games or activities.
The paper documenting this project has been submitted for review.
UPDATE Dec 2017: Paper has been accepted to CHI 2017! Will post the presentation slides once I have them in May.