Perceptions of in-home monitoring technology for activities of daily living: semistructured interview study with community-dwelling older adults

CAMP, N., JOHNSTON, J., LEWIS, M.G.C., ZECCA, M., DI NUOVO, Alessandro, HUNTER, K. and MAGISTRO, D. (2022). Perceptions of in-home monitoring technology for activities of daily living: semistructured interview study with community-dwelling older adults. JMIR Aging, 5 (2): e33714.

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    Abstract

    Background: Many older adults prefer to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. However, there are still questions surrounding how best to ensure that an individual can cope with autonomous living. Technological monitoring systems are an attractive solution; however, there is disagreement regarding activities of daily living (ADL) and the optimal technologies that should be used to monitor them. Objective: This study aimed to understand older adults' perceptions of important ADL and the types of technologies they would be willing to use within their own homes. Methods: Semistructured interviews were conducted on the web with 32 UK adults, divided equally into a younger group (aged 55-69 years) and an older group (≥70 years). Results: Both groups agreed that ADL related to personal hygiene and feeding were the most important and highlighted the value of socializing. The older group considered several activities to be more important than their younger counterparts, including stair use and foot care. The older group had less existing knowledge of monitoring technology but was more willing to accept wearable sensors than the younger group. The younger group preferred sensors placed within the home but highlighted that they would not have them until they felt that daily life was becoming a struggle. Conclusions: Overall, technological monitoring systems were perceived as an acceptable method for monitoring ADL. However, developers and carers must be aware that individuals may express differences in their willingness to engage with certain types of technology depending on their age and circumstances.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: activities of daily living; aging; elderly; environmental sensors; older adults; robots; social robots; wearable sensors; wearables
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.2196/33714
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 10:55
    Last Modified: 18 May 2022 10:55
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30244

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