This article discusses computer resources for homebound older adults and informal caregivers as an intervention to promote social support and mental health. Published information related to a computer network designed as an intervention for informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease is included. This information suggests that homebound older adults and informal caregivers can gain valuable information, confidence, and support by using computer resources. A review of the literature supported those findings and suggested that computer technology can facilitate continuing education and the refinement of skills for nurses. Implications for the use of computer resources in nursing education, practice, and research are presented.
Doctoral Student, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Alexy)
The author wishes to acknowledge Lenore Kurlowicz, PhD, RN, CS, Diana M.L. Newman, EdD, RN, and Joseph R. Burns for their significant contribution to and extensive review of this article.