Voices and views of informal caregivers: Investigating ambient assisted living technologies

Christina Jaschinski*

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Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) technologies are on the rise in an attempt to ensure the sustainability of elderly care. Informal caregivers are an important stakeholder group for the successful adoption of AAL technologies. However, the number of studies that specifically address the attitudes, concerns and needs of this group is limited. With the aim to engage this underrepresented user group and to highlight their opinion and needs, we conducted in-depth interviews with 20 informal caregivers to evaluate different AAL solutions in the field of mobility and safety. While informal caregivers recognized the safety and mobility benefits and the increased peace of mind – privacy issues, the lack of human touch and an unfelt need for support formed major barriers towards adoption. Informal caregivers have an important influence on care decisions and should be closely involved when developing AAL tools.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmbient Intelligence
Subtitle of host publication13th European Conference, AmI 2017, Malaga, Spain, April 26-28, 2017, Proceedings
EditorsAndreas Braun, Reiner Wichert, Antonio Mana
Number of pages14
Volume10217 LNCS
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-56996-3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event13th European Conference on Ambient Intelligence, AmI 2017 - Malaga, Spain
Duration: 26 Apr 201728 Apr 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference13th European Conference on Ambient Intelligence, AmI 2017
City Malaga


  • Ambient Assisted Living
  • Informal caregivers
  • Technology adoption
  • User needs


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