Safe at Home with Assistive Technology by Ingrid Kollak

By Ingrid Kollak

This e-book describes how assistive know-how might help handicapped, aged and acutely unwell humans to regulate their day-by-day lives greater and remain secure in the house. It discusses how security is known from a moral, technical and social viewpoint, and gives examples of the issues that clients, their helpers carers have with assistive know-how in daily situations.

The booklet presents insights from user-centred learn and makes use of images to demonstrate the most subject: how clients and expertise can interact to make sure protection. User-focused and mixing event with learn, the publication will curiosity clients of those varieties of expertise, healthiness execs who may introduce and/or prescribe them, engineers who improve and promote assistive technological devices, and designers who construct secure houses – in addition to researchers and scholars who paintings in those fields. It presents an summary of the present expertise, examines how one can attempt its effectiveness from the perspective of clients, healthiness pros and researchers from various fields (architecture, schooling, engineering, facility administration, medication, nursing, occupational remedy, rehabilitative medication, physiotherapy, social technological know-how and speech therapy), and lists priceless addresses, web pages and literature

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The chapter closes with suggested training materials. 1 Who Can Use Gaze Control? Gaze control is suitable for people whose motor functions are severely restricted because of a birth defect, an illness or an injury, and who cannot communicate verbally or only to a limited extent. With gaze control, these people can use a communication aid or a computer. This user group has very diverse limitations and capabilities. It ranges from young children with severe multiple disabilities, through people who have had traumatic brain injuries to elderly people with degenerative illnesses (for example MDS).

The participants were asked to name areas in which quality of life played a role. Then we asked them how satisfied they were with this area of their life. Our aim was to obtain a figure: 1 no further improvement was necessary, 2 equalled very satisfied, 3 satisfied, 4 rather dissatisfied, 5 very dissatisfied and 6 things couldn’t get any worse. We then asked participants how important this area was to them, again obtaining figures ranging from (1) very important to (6) relatively unimportant (Holzhausen et al.

Usually between one and four people took part. In one case, eight people participated. The participants were sent a programme schedule 4 weeks in advance via Dropbox. We also made brochures on various topics available in Dropbox. We 4 Caring TV—for Older People with … 53 broadcast and presented Caring TV from the university. The shows were anchored by professional care staff and social workers from the study team. 1 Previous Experience with the Technology Some participants had experience with PCs and the Internet prior to our study.

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