Elderly and homecare tasks: A literature review on problems

A. Ashiful, Mohammed Zarifi Eslami, Nicolaas Sikkel

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    Personalization of IT-based homecare services is one of the essential requirements for their successful introduction. A service tailoring process assist a person responsible for deciding on the care activities (the ‘care-giver’) to create a personalized composite service for an elderly (the ‘care-receiver’) based on the care-givers professional knowledge and with minimal assumptions on their technical knowledge and skills. The outcome of the service tailoring process is called a service plan, which represents a composite service tailored to the specific needs of a care-receiver. Designing such a service plan from scratch is a difficult and time consuming task. The use of patterns can simplify the process of creating a service plan. A service plan pattern, as a starting point for the tailoring process, is a treatment pattern which is an activity structure for handling a generic homecare task. To define the treatment patterns the understanding of problems related to such homecare tasks is necessary. This paper, by means of a literature survey, studies characteristics of common problems faced by elderly and current existing solutions for these problems. We believe that identifying such problems helps IT experts to develop a better understanding of requirements and to define correct and complete treatment patterns.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th IADIS International Conference e-Health
    EditorsMário Macedo
    Place of PublicationPortugal
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)978-972-8939-70-0
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
    Event4th IADIS International Conference e-Health - Lisbon, Portugal
    Duration: 17 Jul 201219 Jul 2012

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    PublisherIADIS Press


    Conference4th IADIS International Conference e-Health
    Other17-19 July 2012


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    • IR-84254
    • METIS-296220
    • EWI-22889

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