Workplace response to virtual caregiver support and remote home monitoring of elders: The WIN project.

  • Mahoney D
  • Tarlow B
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Abstract

Research has demonstrated the health and financial cost to working caregivers of older adults and the cost to business in lost productivity. This paper describes the implementation of the Worker Interactive Networking (WIN) project, a Web-based program designed to support employed caregivers at work. WIN innovatively linked working caregivers via the Internet to home to monitor elders' status using wireless sensor technology and included an online information and support group for a six-month period. Twenty-seven employees from thirteen business sites participated. Despite problems with wireless carrier service, feasibility outcomes were achieved. We were able to collect six months of continuous real time data wirelessly from multiple types of homes across 4 states. This model demonstrates that businesses can offer a similar program and not be overwhelmed by employee demand or abuse of technology access. Reluctance to consider home monitoring was apparent and was influenced by familial relationships and values of privacy and independence.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Aged
  • Boston
  • Caregivers
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Workplace

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Authors

  • Diane F Mahoney

  • Barbara Tarlow

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