Smart home technology for the elderly : perceptions of multidisciplinary stakeholders

A.A.G. Sponselee, B.A.M. Schouten, D.G. Bouwhuis, C. Willems

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The "implementation" and use of smart home technology to lengthen independent living of non-instutionalized elderly have not always been flawless. The purpose of this study is to show that problems with smart home technology can be partially ascribed to differences in perception of the stakeholders involved. The perceptual worlds of caregivers, care receivers, and designers vary due to differences in background and experiences. To decrease the perceptual differences between the stakeholders, we propose an analysis of the expected and experienced effects of smart home technology for each group. For designers the effects will involve effective goals, caregivers are mainly interested in effects on workload and quality of care, while care receivers are influenced by usability effects. Making each stakeholder aware of the experienced and expected effects of the other stakeholders may broaden their perspectives and may lead to more successful implementations of smart home technology, and technology in general.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstructing ambient intelligence : AmI 2007 Workshops Darmstadt, November 7-10, 2007 Revised Papers
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-85378-7
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science


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