Ambient assisted living and care in The Netherlands: the voice of the user

van Hoof, J; Wouters, E. J. M; Marston, H. R.; Vanrumste, B. and Overdiep, R. A (2011). Ambient assisted living and care in The Netherlands: the voice of the user. International Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence, 3(4) pp. 25–40.



Technology can assist older adults to remain living in the community. Within the realm of information and communication technologies, smart homes are drifting toward the concept of ambient assisted living (AAL). AAL-systems are more responsive to user needs and patterns of living, fostering physical activity for a healthier lifestyle, and capturing behaviours for prevention and future assistance. This study provides an overview of the design-requirements and expectations towards AAL-technologies that are formulated by the end-users, their relatives and health care workers, with a primary focus on health care in The Netherlands. The results concern the motivation for use of technology, requirements to the design, implementation, privacy and ethics. More research is required in terms of the actual needs of older users without dementia and their carers, and on AAL in general as some of the work included concerns less sophisticated smart home technology.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 42187
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1941-6245
  • Keywords
  • ambient intelligence; assistive technology; needs; older adults; smart homes; user perspectives
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2011 IGI Global
  • Depositing User
  • Hannah Marston