Improving quality of life for the elderly : assessing motivation to use an interactive home care technology in a qualitative study with older adults

Faille, L. la (2016) Improving quality of life for the elderly : assessing motivation to use an interactive home care technology in a qualitative study with older adults.

[img]
Preview
PDF
1MB
Abstract:Smart caring home technology promotes independent living and functionality of elderly with frailty. However, technology can only succeed at supporting elderly when they are motivated to use it. This study explores such a feedback and monitoring system called eWALL. The goal of this study is assess how older adults experience eWALL with regard to the motivational constructs Perceived Enjoyment, Perceived Usefulness and Perceived Ease of Use. The outcomes serve as recommendations for improving the system. An evaluation was conducted with eleven older adults of ages 55 and up. The evaluation methods used were semi-structured interviews, usability tests and two post-interview questionnaires. It was found that the older adults perceived eWALL as easy to use or easy to learn, but they did not want to implement it yet. Contact with family and healthcare was regarded as useful, but privacy concerns were raised as well. The participants made a lot of negative remarks about the main screen design. Therefore, motivation to use eWALL was not as high as it could be. More research with the target group of frail elderly is needed to account for their specific needs.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69066
Export this item as:BibTeX
EndNote
HTML Citation
Reference Manager

 

Repository Staff Only: item control page