Tablets in Dementia Care
The Impact of Tablets in Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, and Home Care
Over the past two years, our team has worked with a wide variety of care organizations to deploy hundreds of tablets across a wide variety of care settings. The following outcomes are based on the results of 800+ caregiver surveys. Approximately 60% of the surveys were submitted by caregivers working in long-term care facilities, while 40% of the surveys were submitted by in-home caregivers.
Participating caregivers had access to a managed tablet that was pre-configured with training resources and recommended apps for dementia care. The caregivers were required to complete approximately 2 hours of training on how to use recommended apps and best practices for engagement.
Tablets Help Caregivers Manage Moods
Caregivers submitted digital surveys on tablet engagement outcomes. Prior to engagement, caregivers were prompted to take note of the care recipient's mood. Likewise, they were prompted to record the mood at the end of session.
Caregivers had the option of selecting from three mood categories:
- Positive moods - joyful, happy, or relaxed
- Neutral moods - indifferent
- Negative moods - sad, confused, anxious, or angry
Prior to engagement, approximately two thirds of the participants were in a negative or neutral mood. Following engagement sessions, there was a dramatic shift; over 90% of caregiver sessions resulted in a positive mood outcome.
Mood Prior to Engagement Sessions
Mood Following Engagement Sessions
A Majority of Sessions Involved Personalized Music, Photos, and Videos
Caregivers had the option of utilizing a wide variety of apps, but a few select music, video, and image apps accounted for a vast majority of engagement sessions.
Apps were organized into the following categories:
- Music apps- YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora
- Search (Videos & Images) - YouTube, Google, Instagram
- Art & Games- Variety of art, card, word, and number games
- Communication- FaceTime, Skype, Google Duo
- Other- Variety of learning, relaxation, and entertainment apps
Care staff noted that music, photo, and video apps were most beneficial because they were easiest to personalize, and the care recipient could enjoy the content without having to interact directly with the device.
How we help?
Our team purchases, configures, manages, and supports tablets for caregivers.