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User needs and ambient-assisted living in the Netherlands

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User needs and ambient-assisted living in the Netherlands

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Purpose Building services technologies such as home automation systems and remote monitoring are increasingly used to support people in their own homes. In order for these technologies to be fully appreciated by the endusers (mainly older care recipients, informal carers and care professionals), user needs should be understood1,2. In other words, supply and demand should match. Steele et al.3 state that there is a shortage of studies exploring perceptions of older users towards technology and the acceptance or rejection thereof. This paper presents an overview of user needs in relation to ambient assisted living (AAL) projects, which aim to support ageing-in-place in The Netherlands. Method A literature survey was made of Dutch AAL projects, focusing on user needs. A total of 7 projects concerned with older persons, with and without dementia, were included in the overview. Results & Discussion By and large technology is considered to be a great support in enabling people to age-in-place. Technology is, therefore, accepted and even embraced by many of the end-users and their relatives. Technology used for safety, security, and emergency response is most valued. Involvement of end-users improves the successful implementation of ambient technology. This is also true for family involvement in the case of persons with dementia. Privacy is mainly a concern for care professionals. This group is also key to successful implementation, as they need to be able to work with the technology and provide information to the end-users. Ambient technologies should be designed in an unobtrusive way, in keeping with indoor design, and be usable by persons with sensory of physical impairments. In general, user needs, particularly the needs of informal carers and care professionals, are an understudied topic. These latter two groups play an important role in implementation and acceptance among care recipients. They should, therefore, deserve more attention from the research community.

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OrganisatieFontys Hogescholen
AfdelingFontys Paramedische Hogeschool
Gepubliceerd inGerontechnology Vol. 11, Uitgave: 2, Pagina's: 134-134
Datum2012-06
TypeArtikel
ISSN1569-1101
DOI10.4017/gt.2012.11.02.201.00
TaalEngels

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