Attitudes Toward Intelligent Technologies: Elderly People and Caregivers in Nursing Homes

Attitudes Toward Intelligent Technologies: Elderly People and Caregivers in Nursing Homes

Lorenza Tiberio (Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC-CNR), Italy), Massimiliano Scopelliti (Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta (Lumsa), Italy) and Maria Vittoria Giuliani (Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC-CNR), Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0882-5.ch508
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Abstract

Nursing homes provide long-term care services and can help preserve the quality of life of elderly people subject to physical and cognitive impairments. In this chapter, we explore the role of intelligent technologies as a supplement to human care-giving and the potential to improve quality of life for both older adults and their caregivers in nursing homes. A study was conducted on elderly people’s and caregivers’ attitudes toward the use of intelligent technologies in nursing homes, with the aim of understanding in which domains of everyday activities the application of intelligent technologies can be more suitable. Results showed that attitude toward the application of intelligent technologies in nursing homes is positive, although multifaceted. Elderly people and caregivers considered intelligent technologies as relevant devices for the improvement of quality of life in different domains. Nonetheless, differences related to the role that technologies played in nursing homes clearly emerged.

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