Assisted-living spaces for end-users with complex needs: a proposed implementation and delivery model

Linskell, J. and Bouamrane, M.-M. (2012) Assisted-living spaces for end-users with complex needs: a proposed implementation and delivery model. Health Informatics Journal, 18(3), pp. 159-170. (doi:10.1177/1460458212441474)

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An assisted living space (ALS) is a technology-enabled environment designed to allow people with complex health or social care needs to remain, and live independently, in their own home for longer. However, many challenges remain in order to deliver usable systems acceptable to a diverse range of stakeholders, including end-users, and their families and carers, as well as health and social care services. ALSs need to support activities of daily-living while allowing end-users to maintain important social connections. They must be dynamic, flexible and adaptable living environments. In this article, we provide an overview of the technological landscape of assisted-living technology (ALT) and recent policies to promote an increased adoption of ALT in Scotland. We discuss our experiences in implementing technology-supported ALSs and emphasise key lessons. Finally, we propose an iterative and pragmatic user-centred implementation model for delivering ALSs in complex-needs scenarios. This empirical model is derived from our past ALS implementations. The proposed model allows project stakeholders to identify requirements, allocate tasks and responsibilities, and identify appropriate technological solutions for the delivery of functional ALS systems. The model is generic and makes no assumptions on needs or technology solutions, nor on the technical knowledge, skills and experience of the stakeholders involved in the ALS design process.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Assisted living spaces and technology, implementation experiences, delivery model
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bouamrane, Dr Matt-Mouley
Authors: Linskell, J., and Bouamrane, M.-M.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:Health Informatics Journal
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1741-2811

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
588741DALLAS Evaluation & Networking.Frances MairTechnology Strategy Board (TSB) (TSB)UNSPECIFIEDIHW - GENERAL PRACTICE & PRIMARY CARE