Managing Flexible Care With a Context Aware System for Ageing-In-Place

Saskia Robben, Lilian Bosch, Pascal Wiggers, Jasmien Decancq, Marije Kanis

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Abstract

This paper describes the Care4Balance (C4B) system for better facilitating communication and task coordination between formal and informal caregivers, and older adults as care receivers. Field-tests with older adults (n=3) and user studies (n=9) were conducted to evaluate the system and the perceived usefulness of the system. A review of related work and the study findings show that (1) the perceived benefit for the older target group was very low. The main motivation for using the system was triggered by the perceived benefit for their closest informal caregivers; (2) Informal caregivers do not regularly seek help for themselves, and (3) Introducing a C4B-like system is more than solving hardware and usability issues. The study suggests that more flexibility in the organizational structure of formal care (in The Netherlands and beyond) is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth)
Subtitle of host publicationPervasiveHealth 2015
EditorsBert Arnrich, Cem Ersoy, Anind Dey, Kai Kunze, Nadia Berthouze
PublisherICST
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781631900457
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 20 May 201523 May 2015

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Abbreviated titlePervasiveHealth 2015
Country/TerritoryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period20/05/1523/05/15

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