The Perspectives of Professional Caregivers on Implementing Audio-Based Technology in Residential Dementia Care

Maarten Houben (Corresponding author), Rens Brankaert, Gail Kenning, Berry Eggen, Inge Bongers

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Music and familiar everyday sounds can be meaningful for people with dementia by providing benefits such as evoking memories and emotions or prompting social interactions with caregivers or relatives. Motivated by this potential, researchers and designers are investigating how to leverage these beneficial effects of sound in care environments through audio-based technology. However, there is a gap in the knowledge of how audio-based technology can be successfully implemented within everyday care practice. In this paper, we present the outcome of three participatory workshops with 18 professional caregivers to explore how audio-based technology can add value to existing care processes and activities in residential dementia care. During the participatory workshops, professional caregivers (1) mapped existing care activities; (2) linked findings in research with practice, and (3) designed scenarios for the Vita sound cushion. Care professionals indicate how audio-based technology can support existing care practice by influencing the mood of residents and by supporting social interaction during moments of care, daytime activities, or situational sessions. This study bridges research findings with insights from practice, contributing to a shared understanding of opportunities for embedding audio-based technology in dementia care. These opportunities motivate future research to implement and evaluate audio-based technology in residential dementia care
Original languageEnglish
Article number6333
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2020


  • Audio-based technology
  • Care practice
  • Dementia
  • Participatory workshops
  • Professional caregivers
  • Sound
  • Technology in healthcare
  • sound
  • audio-based technology
  • care practice
  • dementia
  • technology in healthcare
  • professional caregivers
  • participatory workshops


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