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Indoor and outdoor social alarms: Understanding users' perspectives
RISE, Swedish ICT, SICS.
RISE, Swedish ICT.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Medical Internet Research, E-ISSN 1438-8871, Vol. 16, no 3, p. e9-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The elderly population is increasing and there is a need to provide care and safety at a high level with limited resources. New social alarm solutions may contribute to safety and independence for many elderly. However, it is important to understand the needs within the user group. This work studied social alarms in a broad sense and from several user perspectives. In the first study, social alarm use and its aspects were investigated. To understand where there may be problems and weaknesses, users, caregivers, managers of municipalities, and personnel at alarm centers were interviewed. The interviews helped identify a number of problems. For municipalities, the processes of procuring new alarms and managing their organization were found to be complex. The effect of this was that the same social alarm systems had been ordered over and over again without taking into account new user needs or new technical solutions. For alarm users, one large problem was that the alarms had very limited reach and were designed for indoor use only. This has resulted in users hesitating to leave their homes, which in turn has negative effects due to lack of physical activity and fewer social contacts. One important result from the first study was the need for a social alarm solution that worked outdoors. In a second study, needs regarding outdoor social alarms were investigated. The results from this study showed that wearable outdoor alarms must be easy to use, provide communication, and be well designed. Finally, these alarms must work both indoors and outdoors, and the user should not have to worry about where he/she is or who is acting on an alarm.

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2014. Vol. 16, no 3, p. e9-
Keywords [en]
Caregivers, Computer communication networks, Health services for the aged, Man-machine systems, Safety, Security, Social alarm, Technology
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-45512DOI: 10.2196/mhealth.2730Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84897405850OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-45512DiVA, id: diva2:1457154
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