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Technology for Enrichment and Connection in Aged Care

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Title: Technology for Enrichment and Connection in Aged Care: Lessons from Care Providers

Speaker: Dr Jenny Waycott

The value of using technology for social enrichment in aged care has never been so apparent. During the Covid-19 pandemic, residential care homes have had to go into lockdown, limiting visits from family, friends, and external service providers, and leaving residents even more shut off from the outside world than they were before. Emerging technologies, such as virtual reality, and more established social technologies, such as video conferencing tools, have the power to connect people living in aged care to the outside world. But, while there are obvious benefits, there are also challenges involved in doing this well. A key challenge is that using technology effectively in aged care requires careful consideration of individual needs, which in turn requires staff time.

Drawing on interviews conducted last year with people working in aged care, this talk examines the crucial role that aged care staff play in designing personalised technology-based activities that respond to the needs and interests of the people they care for.

This webinar is co-hosted by the School of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne.

The Centre for Digital Transformation of Health Lunch time Series

The Centre for Digital Transformation of Health advocates for the movement towards connected health and runs fortnightly public lunchtime seminars between 12-1pm.

The Centre supports co-hosting seminar arrangements with The University of Melbourne and its partner organisations. Seminars may be held online, at a different venue, or on an alternative day and time in order to accommodate guest speakers or to promote jointly hosted events.

If you would like to co-host a seminar or get in touch with us, please email: health-informatics@unimelb.edu.au

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