Experiences of in-home evaluation of independent living technologies for older adults

Doyle, Julie, Bailey, Cathy and Dromey, Ben (2009) Experiences of in-home evaluation of independent living technologies for older adults. In: The 3rd Annual Irish Human Computer Interaction Conference (I-HCI 2009), 17-18 September 2009, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

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Abstract

Evaluating home-based independent living technologies for older adults is essential. Whilst older adults are a diverse group with a range of computing experiences, it is likely that many of this user group may have little experience with technology and may be challenged with age-related impairments that can further impact upon their interaction with technology. However, the evaluation life cycle of independent living technologies does not only involve usability testing of such technologies in the home. It must also consider the evaluation of the older adult’s living space to ensure technologies can be easily integrated into their homes and daily routines. Assessing the impact of these technologies on older adults is equally critical as they can only be successful if older adults are willing to accept and adopt them. In this paper we present three case studies that illustrate the evaluation life cycle of independent living technologies within TRIL, which include ethnographic assessment of participant attitudes and expectations, evaluation of the living space prior to the deployment of any technology, to the final evaluation of usability and participant perspectives.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: older people, technology and older people, independence
Subjects: B800 Medical Technology
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Education and Lifelong Learning
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2010 13:02
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 17:08
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/59

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