Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Abarca E., Campos S., Herskovic V. and Fuentes C. (2018)

Perceptions on technology for volunteer respite care for bedridden elders in Chile

Revista : International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being
Volumen : 13
Número : 1
Páginas : 10pp
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Purpose: Informal caregivers of bedridden elders need a respite. One form of obtaining a respite is through volunteers who are contacted by means of information and communication technology (ICT). Method: A qualitative study was carried out in a low-income district in Santiago, Chile, to learn about how caregivers of bedridden elders perceive the possibility of using ICT to access this respite. In-depth interviews were carried out and transcribed verbatim, then analysed using open coding. Results: The results reveal that caregivers are willing to receive a volunteer in their home and use ICT to communicate with them, although a discrepancy exists between the use of devices connected to the Internet and feature phones. Conclusion: This study concludes that informal caregivers of bedridden elders have a favourable disposition towards accessing a respite system by means of ICT based on a peer-to-peer economy.