7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Dealing with Wandering in Institutional Care: Exploring the Field

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2013.252103,
        author={Claudia Mueller and Lin Wan and Volker Wulf},
        title={Dealing with Wandering in Institutional Care:  Exploring the Field},
        proceedings={7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2013},
        month={5},
        keywords={dementia care wandering management institutional care},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2013.252103}
    }
    
  • Claudia Mueller
    Lin Wan
    Volker Wulf
    Year: 2013
    Dealing with Wandering in Institutional Care: Exploring the Field
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2013.252103
Claudia Mueller1,*, Lin Wan2, Volker Wulf2
  • 1: International Institute for Socio-Informatics
  • 2: University of Siegen
*Contact email: claudia.mueller@uni-siegen.de

Abstract

We will present a case study on institutional care workers’ strategies in dealing with wandering dementia patients. We will highlight their day-to-day practices, permanently balancing conflicting demands around keeping harm away from residents with wandering behavior. The risk of harm is multifactorial and also socially, culturally and organizationally defined. A closer examination of how the staff uses non-tech, low-tech and information and communication technology (ICT) artifacts in their daily practice helps us gain a better understanding of their practical problems and rationales for further ICT design.