• Virdina Kulenovic
  • Britt Sloth Bengtsen
  • Kristina Skoven Pedersen
4. term, Clinical Science and Technology, Master (Master Programme)
In 2010 there were approximately 227.510 elderly (>80 years) in Denmark, and in 2050 this number is expected to rise to 555.509. At the same time there will be fewer persons to take care of the elderly. Welfare
technology can help solve these long-term challenges the demographic change will cause. When the elderly move into a nursing home, there is a risk that he or she will experience isolation, and a survey shows that 4 out of 10 nursing home residents feel lonely after moving into a nursing home. There is evidence that nursing home staff find it difficult to improve residents' social networks, and thereby improve their quality of
life. The “Well-being” screen is a welfare technology that has the potential to improve residents' social networks. The purpose of this thesis is to examine how “Well-being” screen can promote nursing home residents 'social networks based on residents' needs and wishes.

We have used triangulation with semi-structured interviews, creative workshops and field- notes to study the purpose. We furthermore conducted informational interviews, structured literature search and chain searches to uncover project topic. The informative interviews were conducted in cooperation with a project assistant from the Future Nursing project and the owner of IT-company, E-mergency, which is behind the development of the “Well-being” screen, in order to investigate the background for the development of the “Well-being” screen. In this study we recruited 17 nursing home residents from three different nursing homes, based on established inclusion and exclusion criteria, two respondents subsequently dropped out. A total of 15 respondents participated in individual interviews followed by a creative workshop. A series of three workshops in three different nursing homes, where held in which user-driven innovation were used. Malterud interdisciplinary qualitative analysis method was used to analyze of the collected empirical data.

In conclusion the respondent’s level of activity has declined after moving into the nursing home, in part due to poor health, less contact with the environment and limited activities at the nursing home. The respondents want more social activities where the “Well-being” screen can help as a supplement to promote social activities and thereby improve the social network. The features of the “Well-being” screen can help respondents interact with the outside world e.g. by developing social functions such as activity overview of private nursing homes and other residential homes, as well as nearby interest groups, dating sites and games, which all can help enable participation in meaningful activities. The respondents were positive about the existing Skype feature, where they have the opportunity to improve and maintain contact with the network. The development of practical features, such as weather forecasts, TV guides and public library, where electronic material can be borrowed using the “Well-being” screen, may help in the planning of social activities.
Publication date4 Jun 2013
Number of pages137
External collaboratorSolution Hub
Projektleder og Lokal AAU Hub-koordinator Marie Fallgaard Lund mf@adm.aau.dk
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