Tung-Sheng Kuo

Associate Professor, Department of Business Administration,

Nanhua University, Taiwan

Kuo-Chung Huang

Professor, Department of Business Administration,

Nanhua University, Taiwan

Kun-Feng Hsu*

Ph.D Student, Department of Business Administration,

Nanhua University, Taiwan

*(Corresponding Author, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)




People who need long-term care often require living assistive devices to improve their daily lives. At present, footrests, or Ankle-Foot Orthoses (AFOs), in the global market are made of high-temperature materials or carbon fiber, and are targeted at patients suffering from strokes, traffic accidents, and falls, etc. However, these people often need an affordable and easy to use footrest to support the lower limbs, prevent the feet from sagging, or improve the small movements in life. This study used a revised Technology Acceptance Model to explore whether residents of long-term care institutions could accept the use of technology living assistive devices (based on a new type of footrest to improve their daily living functions) in order to enhance the dignity of their autonomous lives. The empirical results showed that the Technology Acceptance Model could be used to explain the behavioral intention to use and the user's acceptance of technological living assistive devices. At the same time, the results also indicated that conformity had a positive influence on the behavioral intention of the users to use the technology living assistive devices, and that perceived risk had negative moderating effects on attitude toward use and behavioral intention to use.

Keywords: Dignity Care, Long-term Care, Living Assistive Devices

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