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Title: Proximities of care : exploring the spatial relations of voluntary and technological support for those living with dementia
Author: Mikhaylova-O'Connell, Yelena
ISNI:       0000 0004 9359 0942
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2020
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This thesis presents a qualitative case study of responses of people living with dementia, carers, voluntary social care providers and technology developers to the community turn in care and dementia care provision supported by technological innovations. Against the backdrop of reductions to public spending on social care in the UK, technologically supported care is being offered as a solution to the current rise in the unmet support needs among those living with dementia. Drawing on theoretical frameworks of critical geographies of age, care giving and voluntarism, this research explores how the notion and practices of care are reshaped by technological innovations and voluntary activity. Indepth interviews and observations with people living with dementia, their carers, technology developers, volunteer befrienders and professionals provide rich insight into the blurring of the boundaries between care, friendship and befriending, the role of care technologies in supporting independent living, and uneven geographies of availability of technological care solutions. The thesis shows that older people living with dementia have positive views on care technologies, particularly when support with setting up and learning how to use them is available. At the same time, findings reveal a concern among people with dementia about the reduction in human contact which could follow from the scale up and spread of care technologies. The thesis extends the current knowledge base relating to technology use by older people with dementia by developing particular understandings of how and why certain care technologies are adopted while others are abandoned. Findings are expected to contribute to the development of care practice around the use of voluntary and technological means to support people with dementia and carers in the community.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral