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Improving the provision of information about assistive technology for older people: summary of research

Authors:
WRIGHT Fay, MCCREADIE Claudine, TINKER Anthea
Publisher:
University of London. Kings College. Institute of Gerontology
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
57p.
Place of publication:
London

The importance of assistive technology (AT) in helping older people maintain independence is increasingly recognised in policy. The piece of research, looked at an important corollary of this development - the provision of relevant and appropriate information about AT. The research involved mapping both AT and information sources, focus groups with 28 users aged 75 and over and 12 carers, interviews with 40 professionals and information providers and a postal questionnaire to 131 care home managers (response rate of 45%). The findings point to the large volume of available information, but suggest that there are problems in identifying needs and in accessing all necessary information. Professionals share these problems and organisational issues impact on professional capacity to provide satisfactory information. The situation in care homes appears ambiguous in terms of responsibility for AT provision for residents and hence for information. The researchers concluded that there is considerable scope for improving both access to information and the design of that information. They also concluded that there are terminology issues that need addressing in further research.

Journal article

The acceptability of assistive technology to older people

Authors:
MCCREADIE Claudine, TINKER Anthea
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 25(1), January 2005, pp.91-110.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

Assistive technology is defined here as any device or system allowing an individual to perform a task they would otherwise be unable to do, or increases the ease and safety with which it can be performed. Its importance in contributing to older people's independence and autonomy is increasingly recognised, but there has been little research into the viability of extensive installations of AT. This paper focuses on the acceptability of AT to older people and reports one component of a multidisciplinary research project that examined the feasibility, acceptability, costs and outcomes of introducing AT into their homes. Sixty-seven people aged 70 or over were interviewed in depth during 2001 to find out about their use and experience of a wide range of ATs. Findings suggest a complex model of acceptability in which a 'felt need' for assistance combines with 'product quality'. Concludes by considering the tensions that may arise in delivery of acceptable AT.

Journal article

Figuring out adult abuse

Authors:
MCCREADIE Claudine, QUIGLEY Leo
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 4.2.99, 1999, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

As recognition of the prevalence of adult abuse increases, the authors look at the lessons to be drawn from an experiment in Sheffield.

Book

Gold standards: professional targets for the care of elderly people: a selected bibliography

Author:
MCCREADIE Claudine
Publisher:
Age Concern
Publication year:
1993
Pagination:
48p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Bibliography providing a listing of guidelines, standards of practice, audit and performance measures produced by government, professional associations and voluntary organisations.

Journal article

From granny battering to elder abuse: a critique of U.K. writing, 1975-1992

Author:
MCCREADIE Claudine
Journal article citation:
Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 5(2), 1993, pp.7-25.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Presents a review of the literature on elder abuse in the U.K. from 1975 to 1992, drawing out some of the major themes in this writing. A comprehensive bibliography by year of publication is provided and key references are identified.

Journal article

Who can afford computers

Authors:
MCCREADIE Claudine, STUCHBURY Rachel
Journal article citation:
Working with Older People, 10(4), December 2006, pp.15-18.
Publisher:
Emerald

The authors question the relevance of income to older people's ownership of modern technology. They conclude that if older people are able to participate at home in the age of the personal computer and the internet, they need money to be able to do so.

Journal article

Assistive technology and older people: listening to their view

Authors:
TINKER Anthea, MCCREADIE Claudine, TURNER-SMITH Alan
Journal article citation:
Housing Care and Support, 6(2), June 2003, pp.27-30.
Publisher:
Emerald

Briefly reports on three pieces of research funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) which have attempted to draw on the views of older people about assistive technology and its role in staying at home policies.

Journal article

Shower success

Author:
MCCREADIE Claudine
Journal article citation:
Working with Older People, 7(2), June 2003, pp.25-29.
Publisher:
Emerald

Adaptations can make a huge difference to older people's decisions about remaining at home. Summarises the findings of research carried out at the Institute of Gerontology, Kings College London which looked at how different items help manage everyday tasks of life. The article focuses on older people's views of baths and showers.

Journal article

Older people and mobility in the home: in search of useful assistive technologies

Authors:
MCCREADIE Claudine, et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(2), February 2002, pp.54-60.
Publisher:
College of Occupational Therapists

A number of assistive technologies exist to help older people with their indoor mobility needs. This article reports on a study that used focus groups and informal trials to explore older people's perspectives on their indoor mobility problems, their ideas on what assistive technologies might resolve these problems and their evaluation of assistive technologies that were developed in response to these ideas. The analysis of the results from the four focus groups led to the development of a stair-climbing aid and a new cataloguing aid. The analysis of the results from the informal trials produced useful feedback on the design of the two products and indicated some limitations to the focus group methodology which could be addressed in future research.

Book

Elder abuse: new perspectives and ways forward; report of Ageing Update conferences organised in collaboration with Social Services Inspectorate, Department of Health and the Association of Directors of Social Services, 6/7 June 1996

Editor:
MCCREADIE Claudine
Publisher:
Age Concern Institute of Gerontology
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
30p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Report of a conference. Includes papers on: elder protection and what can be learned from child protection in the community; adult abuse; and learning from inter-agency initiatives in domestic violence.

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