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An investigation of residential facility staff usage of touchscreen technology

  • Samantha M. Loi (a1) (a2), Alissa Westphal (a1) and Nicola T. Lautenschlager (a1) (a2) (a3)

Abstract

Older adults may become more familiar and interested in using touchscreen technology (TT). TT can be used to engage older adults living in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) and staff there can play an important role in supporting residents to use TT. However, before these are introduced, it is crucial to investigate their opinions in using TT with residents. A questionnaire based on the Technology Acceptance Model was administered to assess staff usage and confidence in using TT, their perceptions in TT ease-of-use and usefulness in helping them care for their residents. Perhaps unsurprisingly, results found that respondents were familiar using TT. More importantly, staff reported that they were interested in engaging residents with TT and nominated different training methods to support them such as group in-services. This project provides information about staff experience and acceptance of the use of TT for residents in RACFs.

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Correspondence should be addressed to: Dr Samantha M Loi, Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, 34–54 Poplar Road, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, 3052. Phone: +61-3-8387-2767. Email: Samantha.loi@unimelb.edu.au.

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