Enabling self, intimacy and a sense of home in dementia

Wallace, Jayne, Thieme, Anja, Wood, Gavin, Schofield, Guy and Olivier, Patrick (2012) Enabling self, intimacy and a sense of home in dementia. In: CHI 2012 (ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems), 5-10 May 2012, Austin, Texas.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2207676.2208654


Design and digital technologies to support a sense of self and human relationships for people living with dementia are both urgently needed. We present an enquiry into design for dementia facilitated by a public art commission for an adult mental health unit in a hospital in the UK. The interactive art piece was informed by the notion of personhood in dementia that foregrounds the person's social being and interpersonal relationships as sites where self is maintained and constructed. How clients, clients' family members and staff used the piece is reported and insights related to the notions of home, intimacy, possessions and self are presented. The art piece served as window on both dementia and the institution leading to a number of insights and implications for design.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2012 15:21
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 14:15
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10725

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