Safe at home: Acceptance of surveillance technology among caregivers for persons with dementia

Yusi Aveva Xu, Yunwen Wang, Steffie Sofia Yeonjoo Kim, Do Own Donna Kim, Yao Sun, Margaret L. McLaughlin

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The increasing incidence of dementia calls for effective and innovative approaches to alleviate societal and personal burdens. Aging in place is a sustainable paradigm which ensures the best utilization of societal resources, supports caregivers, secures normalcy, and optimizes care for persons with dementia (PwD). Home-based surveillance technology can support PwD in safely aging in place. This study examines factors associated with the adoption of home-based surveillance technologies among unpaid dementia caregivers. Through an online survey (N = 203), we apply ordinal logistic regression to identify five variables that predict the likelihood of caregivers’ surveillance technology adoption for dementia care. The predictors are caregivers’: (1) trouble concerns about PwD, (2) online support group membership, (3) perceived social norms regarding surveillance technology use, (4) perceived usefulness of surveillance devices, and (5) depth of information and communication technologies (ICT) use. Theoretical and practical implications for dementia healthcare are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHealth Informatics Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Informatics


  • Dementia care
  • age in place
  • caregiver technology management
  • surveillance technology
  • technology adoption


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