Lessons learned in deploying independent living technologies to older adults’ homes

Doyle, Julie, Bailey, Cathy, Ni Scanaill, Cliodhna and van den Berg, Flip (2014) Lessons learned in deploying independent living technologies to older adults’ homes. Universal Access in the Information Society, 13 (2). pp. 191-204. ISSN 1615-5289

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10209-013-0308-1

Abstract

Independent living technologies are fast gaining interest within both academia and industry, amid the realization that the world's population is ageing. Technology can increase the quality of life of older people, allowing them to age-in-place and helping them to remain physically, cognitively and socially engaged with their environment. However, little research in this area is applied. The paper argues for the necessity of moving such technology out of the research laboratory and into the home, where its real impact on the lives of older adults can be assessed. Moreover, a series of recommendations are outlined, encompassing the life cycle of independent living technologies, from ethnographic assessment, through to design, deployment and evaluation. This work is based on lessons learned in deploying such technologies to older people in over 200 homes. This paper can act as a guide for other researchers interested in developing technologies with older people.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Independent living technologies, older adults, recommendations, ethnography, design, deployment, evaluation
Subjects: B700 Nursing
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2014 09:03
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:27
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/16512

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