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Table 1 Logic model guiding the TAGS project

From: Caregiver’s vision of bedding textiles for elderly

Inputs • Literature analysis.
• Semi-structured interviews with caregivers, elderly, manufacturers.
• Expert input (care givers, researcher, designer, producer).
• Brainstorming activities to identify potentials for innovation.
Analysis • Evaluation and structuring of information gathered.
• Formulation of summaries in reports.
• Highlight the main findings and refine ideas in expert group meetings.
• Identification of barriers which prevent progress.
Short term • Definition of care related requirements for textiles.
• Improved understanding of the functionalities required for textiles in care.
• Understand and reduce the barriers which prevent progress.
Medium term • Initiation of better targeted research and development activities for textiles to be used in care.
• Increase the number of functional textile products available to reduce work load in care.
• Administer educational tools to better inform the public about the functionality of textiles to be used in care.
• Increase awareness of the importance of textiles as a product group and how they can assist and benefit caregivers in daily work.
Long term • Better definition of needs and function which lead to improved product performance supporting the idea of independent living and thus improving the quality of life for the elderly.
• Support of care workers through use of textiles with better fitted performance
• Reduced costs for care through prolonged period of independent living of elderly.
  1. (Parallel tasks: bedding textiles in care, clothing for elderly, hygiene and personal care, therapy and recreation).