Lessons Learned in Deploying Independent Living Technologies to Older Adults’ Homes

Doyle, Julie and Bailey, Catherine and 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 1615-5297

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Independent living technologies are fast gaining interest within both academia and industry, amid the realisation 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. We argue the necessity of moving such technology out of the research lab and into the home, where its real impact on the lives of older adults can be assessed. This paper outlines a series of recommendations encompassing the life cycle of independent living technologies, from ethnographic assessment, through to design, deployment and evaluation. This work is based on lessons we have learned deploying such technologies to older people in over 200 homes. We believe this paper can act as a guide for other researchers interested in developing technologies with older people.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Computer Science
Research Centres: Netwell/CASALA
Depositing User: Julie Doyle
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2019 12:36
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2019 12:36
License: Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0

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