The demographic statistics in developed countries suggest growth in the elderly segment of the population. At the same time, other studies forecast a shortage of nurses, increasing the pressure on hospitals to provide treatment for longer periods of time. These trends suggest a need for new ways of taking care of elderly population that support safe, comfortable and independent living. Meanwhile, prominent advances in information and communications technology (ICT) have enabled new systems that address various needs of the elderly. This paper presents an automation system combining ambient assisted living (AAL) and building automation (BA) system functionalities. The paper introduces a case study of a rehabilitation facility situated in Tampere, Finland. It details a field study summarizing the needs of the users, describes functional scenarios supported by the system, and reports the results of the first usability tests suggesting acceptance of a new technology by residents and care-giving personnel. The unique combination of ambient assisted living and building automation offers a safer and more comfortable environment for the elderly as well as helps caregivers on site in managing their workloads.
|Journal||Journal of Housing for the Elderly|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Mar 2016|
|Publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
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