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

Cite this

Wallace, J., Thieme, A., Wood, G., Schofield, G., & Olivier, P. (2012). Enabling self, intimacy and a sense of home in dementia: An enquiry into design in a hospital setting. In Conference Proceedings - The 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012 (pp. 2629-2638) https://doi.org/10.1145/2207676.2208654