Home design: Smart and accessible

Picture of a smart phone and attachment for home controlsThe use of smart technology for ageing in place is the subject of a European study. In their article, Matteo Zallio, Dublin Institute of Technology, and Niccolo Casiddu, University of Genoa, present their research which includes case studies. The article is titled, Lifelong Housing Design: User Feedback Evaluation of Smart Objects and Accessible Houses for Healthy Ageing. The research question was, “Could houses and appliances have the potential to improve autonomy and people’s quality of life? Which kind of methods, tools and scenarios could enhance wellbeing and health promotion, while reducing time and costs?”

They present the somewhat obvious case that smart technology needs to go hand in hand with suitable home design for ageing in place. However, there is a concern that devices are being seen as the solution to many things, including the care routines of older people, especially as they are becoming more accessible, affordable and usable.

The article’s concluding paragraph is “An environment equipped with the architectural facilities and integrated with smart objects, could improve people’s quality of life, increase security, assist in daily activities, encourage socializing, becoming easy and manageable for caregivers, family and friends”

Recommended Citation, Zallio, M. & Casiddu, N. (2016) Lifelong Housing Design: User Feedback Evaluation of Smart Objects and Accessible Houses for Healthy Ageing, 9th ACM International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments – Corfu, Greece 2016

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