Using Context Awareness Within the 'Smart Home' Environment to Support Social Care for Adults With DementiaBy Martin, Suzanne; Nugent, Christopher; Wallace, Jonathan; Kernohan, George; McCreight, Bernadette; Mulvenna, Maurice; Technology and Disability, Vol. 19, No. 2, 3, pp. 143-152
Publication Date: 2007
Qualitative study conducted to evaluate staff perspectives regarding user interface design in an information and communication technologies (ICT) solution designed to provide in-home status updates for clients with dementia. The technology consists of a wide range of electronic devices, such as infrared sensors, door contacts, pressure pads, and water and cooker valves. Seven healthcare providers in Northern Ireland participated in the study, as each participated in semi-structured interviews designed to gauge opinions regarding risk management strategies and technology designed to monitor people with dementia. The participants generally agreed that technology should be designed to maximize resident protection, while minimizing staff intrusion. The authors contend that this study’s findings should be used when creating the system’s design interface. Implications for future research are discussed.
Published by: IOS Press (Website:http://www.iospress.nl)
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) (Web Site: http://www.aaate.net )