Technology Â are technophobic care managers responsible for low implementation?
|Why is technology so rarely a part of care plans for people with dementia? asks Mary Marshall. Are technophobic staff discriminating against them?| Technology can be of great assistance to people with dementia who want to remain in their own homes, and for whom 24-hour care by a person or people is not possible. The Royal Commission on Long-Term Care recognised this with a very strong section on the need for greater use of technology in the field. Technology is generally used to describe equipment that needs a power source to operate it. It is best seen as an extension of the aids and adaptations provision beyond static pieces of equipment. However, it is also used to describe anything new. Telephones are rarely described as technology, nor are hoists. Even community alarms are not seen as technology in spite of the fact that much of what is generally considered technology relies on the community alarm infrastructure. Purposes of technology for people with dementia include: – reminding – compensating – makin