Supporting family carers using interactive multimedia

Hanson, Elizabeth Jane; Tetley, Josephine and Shewan, Jane (2000). Supporting family carers using interactive multimedia. British Journal of Nursing, 9(11) pp. 713–719.



ACTION (Assisting Carers using Telematic Interventions to meet Older persons' Needs) is a nursing led Pan-European project (1997–2000). Its primary aim is to maintain the autonomy, independence and quality of life of frail older and disabled persons and their family carers by the application of telematic technology. This article describes the development of two multimedia programmes created as part of the ACTION project.

Programme 1 'Planning ahead' helps family carers and frail older people to think about and plan for the future.

Programme 2 'Break from caring' assists carers and older people to explore the range of respite care options available.

Both programmes have been developed using a multimethod, user-centred approach. Preliminary evaluation data have indicated that frail older people and their carers have used the programmes to assist them when making difficult decisions such as selecting a nursing home, or exploring the use of respite care facilities.

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