Share your experiences of caring for the elderly to inform assistive digital aid development.
The effects of ageing impact people's ability to carry out daily tasks which results in the need for a caregiver. In addition to this, technology has resulted in an increase in the production of geriatric medical and monitoring devices.
We would appreciate help from caregivers to get a closer look into what happens during some of the activities caregivers and the individuals they care for (receivers) do together, so we can figure out how to design future technology and aids to support caregiver activities.
Overall, this study aims to improve the quality of care services for caregivers and those receiving care.
Looking for 10 participants who:
- Care for someone aged 65 years or older
- Provide care of some capacity including informal (e.g. to a freind or family member) and formal care. This could include help with dressing, feeding, giving medications, transport.
(No experience necessary; caregivers don't have to be officially registered or classified)
What will I be asked to do?
Involvement in this study includes a 1-hour virtual interview with a student researcher. The interview will be used to better understand how you, as a caregiver, interact with the individual you care for in regard to the following activities:
- moving around the house
- assisting with/providing medication
The overall objective of the interviews is to gain a deeper understanding of the tools used and routines held between caregivers and the person tehy care for. Understanding these relationships and interactions will help inform future research and product development to serve both caregiver and care recipient. This work will also feed into larger research to improve and inform the design of future digital aids and/or physical tools to support caregivers and the person they care for.
When and where?
The interviews will take place virtually: methods can include video or voice calls.
Dates and times will be arranged with individuals upon them agreeing to take part in the study. We aim for the interviews to take place as soon as possible but by mid-May at the latest.
Will I get anything for taking part?
Participants will be entered into a prize draw for a £20 Amazon voucher!
How do I take part?
To express an interesst in taking part, please click the 'I would like to take part' button at the top of the page. You will be asked to fill out a short form to outline the relevance of your caring experience for this project. The opportunity owner will review the applications frequently and you will receive notification shortly after your application as to the outcome of your expression of interest.
If you are invited to take part you will be sent a participant information sheet and consent form which you can read through and decide whether you would still like to take part.
This study has recieved ethics approval from the Imperial College London Research Ethics Committee (ICREC reference number: 21IC6539)
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