Safety at Home for People with Cognitive Disorder: the Installation Process
2006 (English)In: Accesibility and Safety for All - International conference PTE-Expo, on March 2006 in Verona, Italy, 2006, 1-10 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Assistive technology is expected to facilitate life at home for people with variouskinds of cognitive disorder. To study the applicability and adaptation of a number ofaids for this group in their daily living at home a three-year project was launched inSweden 2004. It consists of undertakings in three municipalities, each planned tocomprise some twenty participants, sixty years of age and older, suffering either fromdementia or from some other acquired brain injury. In the second phase of theproject, now under way, the complexity of the installation process of assistivetechnology in ordinary homes has emerged as a crucial issue. If the project will besuccessful and able to offer a model for other similar undertakings in the future,efficient and reliable installation procedures will become indispensable. The verymoment of installation is considered and concern is paid to the functionality of theequipment over a long period of time. Assistive technologies applied for the sake ofsecurity for this target group comprise, i.a., automatic or manual alarms, smartsensors, automatic switch off systems, reminders and illuminated night paths to thebathrooms. Typical examples are security systems like the “go-away” lock and thereminder-panel. People with some cognitive dysfunction, still living in their ownhomes, are prone to forget to switch off the stove, the iron or other equipmentinducing a potential risk of fire. The paper describes the installation process of areminder system and some important findings from the study.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. 1-10 p.
Assistive technology, cognitive disorder, home, installation, maintenance, reminder, security, smart home
Other Social Sciences Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6882OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6882DiVA: diva2:11719
International conference PTE-Expo, March 2006, Verona, Italy
QC 201008062007-03-132007-03-132012-02-07Bibliographically approved