Two workshops to explore use of cameras in the homes of people with dementia living alone will take place on 29 & 30 April in Omagh & Belfast.
The University of Ulster together with C-TRIC in Altnagelvin are collaborating in research, whose goal is to explore the feasibility of a home camera system to support the quality of life for people with dementia and for those caring for a person with dementia.
This is a relatively new area of research perhaps because of the widely recognised issues relating to the ethics of the user of camera in the home, in particular with regard to problems with privacy. Recent work by Guy Dewsbury & Debbie Ballard in their article “The ethical issues of telecare: a help or a hindrance?” highlight the issues:
“It is essential to balance the person’s right to life, including their own sex life and privacy, with the need for safety and protection. One of the main reasons why camera technology is not more widely adopted for older people or people with confusion is because of the ethical problem of who can see the images.
People require privacy. People have a need to be alone and to do things in private and telecare can support this but it is important that it does not encroach their privacy. Moreover, what people do in private should stay private.”
Our position is that while we recognise these issues, there have been no known studies that ask the views of all those involved, including people with dementia, their families and carers, as well as all the healthcare professionals and related charitable organisations.
So our goal with these short, informal workshops is to gather information, some from short questionnaires and some from recording the discussions in the workshop.
Location, dates and times:
Tuesday 29 April 2014, 7pm – 9pm,
Meadowbank Residential Home, Omagh
Wednesday 30 April 2014, 10.30am – 1.00pm,
Age NI, 3 Lower Crescent, Belfast
Facilitator: Prof Maurice Mulvenna
To participate please contact: Maura McClean, Age NI
T: 028 9089 2632 / 07809 553069