Technological Applications Contributing to Relieve Care Burden or to Sleep of Caregivers and People With Dementia

Auteurs Chantal Huisman, Emelieke Huisman, Helianthe Kort
Gepubliceerd in Frontiers in Public Health
Publicatiedatum 2022
Lectoraat Technologie voor Zorginnovaties
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The need for care will increase in the coming years. Most people with a disability or old age receive support from an informal caregiver. Caring for a person with dementia can be difficult because of the BPSD (Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia). BPSD, including sleep disturbance, is an important factor for a higher care load. In this scoping review, we aim to investigate whether technology is available to support the informal caregiver, to lower the care burden, improve sleep quality, and therefore influence the reduction of social isolation of informal caregivers of people with dementia. A scoping review is performed following the methodological framework by Arksey and O'Mally and Rumrill et al., the scoping review includes scientific and other sources (unpublished literature, websites, reports, etc.). The findings of the scoping review shows that there are technology applications available to support the informal caregiver of a person with dementia. The technology applications mostly contribute to lower the care burden and/or improve sleep quality and therefore may contribute to reduce social isolation. The technology applications found target either the person with dementia, the informal caregiver, or both.

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Taal Engels
Gepubliceerd in Frontiers in Public Health
Jaar en volume 2022 10
Trefwoorden dementia, informal caregivers, loneliness, sleep, social isolation, technology
Digital Object Identifier 10.3389/fpubh.2022.797176

Chantal Huisman

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