Making family care work

Vines, John, Lindsay, Stephen, Pritchard, Gary, Lie, Mabel, Greathead, David, Olivier, Patrick and Brittain, Katie (2013) Making family care work. In: Ubicomp 2013, 8-12 September, 2013, Zurich, Switzerland.

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Supporting independent living for the ageing population in later life is an often-cited application area for ubiquitous computing. Telecare services such as remote monitoring systems are now coming onto the consumer market but there is little knowledge of the impact these technologies may have on relationships between family members and older relatives. We present findings from a live field trial of SHel - a telecare system that allows nominated caregivers to remotely monitor activities - in 17 older adult's homes. Interviews were conducted with the 17 older participants and 11 of their nominated caregivers before, during and after using the system. We establish that such technologies transform existing hidden care routines between family members into care work, and the impact they have upon the sense of independence and privacy of those who are being monitored in their home.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ageing in place; home sensing; privacy; trust; older people
Subjects: B700 Nursing
B800 Medical Technology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2018 10:02
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 21:31

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