During the last three years we have been studying a new call center for independent living under development in our city. A new article published in the Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work describes, in form of a longitudinal case study, our findings and implications for technology and research.
Our group has conducted a qualitative study of implementing a GPS-based localization service for people with cognitive impairment. The report, written in Norwegian, is a case study describing in detail how a large municipality in Norway is introducing the service in its health and welfare service portfolio. We discuss findings from all the steps in the service, from early screening of users, to allocation decisions, to daily usage.
One of the most time-consuming tasks for homecare personnel is to fetch door keys before they visit service recipients at their homes. A number of municipalities in Norway are in the process of acquiring and installing electronic locks in order to eliminate the need for physical keys. But what are the real requirements for e-locks and what are the barriers to introduce e-locks in homecare?
Tens of solutions for automatic detection of falls among elderly are being developed worldwide. But do they really have an effect? This is what we are trying to find out in our trial in Trondheim, Norway. It turns out we are one of very few in the world doing this.
On Monday January 13, 2014, we could read a report in the front page of Adresseavisen (Trondheim’s main local newspaper) about fall injuries among elderly: Almost half of all the elderly who are involved in fall accidents in hospitals die within one year after the accident. To fall and get injured is a heavy strain […]