Experiences of Assistive Products and Home Care among Older Clients with and without Dementia in Sweden

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Sep 28;19(19):12350. doi: 10.3390/ijerph191912350.


The purpose was to compare selection, use and outcomes of assistive products among older home care clients with and without dementia in Sweden, and to explore the relations between the use of assistive products and perceptions of home care, loneliness and safety. Self-reported data from 89,811 home care clients aged 65 years or more, of whom 8.9% had dementia, were analysed using regression models. Excluding spectacles, 88.2% of them used assistive products. Respondents without dementia were more likely to use at least one assistive product but less likely to use assistive products for remembering. Respondents with dementia participated less in the selection of assistive products, used less assistive products, and benefited less from them. Users of assistive products were more likely to be anxious and bothered by loneliness, to feel unsafe at home with home care, to experience that their opinions and wishes regarding assistance were disregarded by home care personnel, and to be treated worse by home care personnel. The findings raise concerns about whether the needs for assistive products among home care clients with dementia are adequately provided for. They also indicate a need to strengthen a person-centred approach to providing home care to users of assistive products.

Keywords: Sweden; assistive products; assistive technology; dementia; home care; home care services; older adults.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Dementia* / therapy
  • Health Personnel
  • Home Care Services*
  • Humans
  • Self-Help Devices*
  • Sweden

Grants and funding

This research was funded by Dalarna University, Sweden (HDa 2.4-2019/1022).