Embedding engineers in elderly care homes when researching new technologies for care

Greet Baldewijns, Tom Croonenborghs, Bart Vanrumste

Abstract


As the number of people above 65 continuously grows the demand for appropriate support to allow this group of people to live independently increases as well. Consequently, a lot of research effort is focused on the development of new technologies that can provide this support. In contrast, only a limited number of these new developments are successfully launched on the healthcare market. In order to facilitate this penetration of the healthcare market, an intense collaboration strategy between healthcare workers, older adults, informal caregivers and engineers is proposed in this paper.


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Aging the technoscape

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