On the 11th of September, Susanne Hensely-Schinkinger presented the paper “Modes of independence while informal caregiving” at the 13th AAATE Conference. The conference took place in Budapest, Hungary, from the 9th to 12th September 2015.
The paper was written by members of the TOPIC team at the Vienna University of Technology and is about understanding and conceptualizing the notion of independence in the context of caregiving. Based on the current studies and the ethnographic and design research in the TOPIC project, a model of independence consisting of four dimensions was introduced: action, finance, decision, and emotion. These interrelated dimensions were described and discussed in the setting of informal caregiving. Some additional examples were shown to illustrate how to reduce the dependence of informal caregivers.
The paper is available here.