Enabling self, intimacy and a sense of home in dementia: An enquiry into design in a hospital setting

Jayne Wallace, Anja Thieme, Gavin Wood, Guy Schofield, Patrick Olivier

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConference Proceedings - The 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012
    Pages2629-2638
    Number of pages10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2012
    EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2012 - Austin, United States of America
    Duration: 5 May 201210 May 2012
    Conference number: 30th

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2012
    Abbreviated titleCHI 2012
    CountryUnited States of America
    CityAustin
    Period5/05/1210/05/12

    Keywords

    • Dementia
    • Design
    • Dignity
    • Empathy
    • Home
    • Intimacy
    • Self

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