Today people are living longer and continue to be active late into life. In the industrialized world the "aging in place" philosophy has developed wich means that more nursing and care takes place in the home.
When the home becomes the centre for medical treatment and care the need arises to study how this influences facilities management and how, in turn, the medical service and care for the elderly is affected by the facilities management. Home care management indicates a need for cooperation between nursing, caring and facilities management.
This study is a qualitative study based on 10 projects over all Sweden. The projects where dealing with ICT for elderly and within the areas of memory support, communication and safety and security.
The results show that the interaction between the care provider and the facilities management is undeveloped and the responsibilities for the complete care chain passing through the building are unclear. The infrastructure of the buildings is in change but this is not reflected in the many different projects. There is for example a strong movement towards an IP-based infrastructure carrying telephone- and data communications plus TV in the same cable (triple play). This influences the function of traditional safety alarm for elderly with the result that they will not work properly.