Aging in Place Together: The Journey Towards Adoption and Acceptance of Stairlifts in Multi-Resident Homes

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Abstract

Stairlifts are a widely-used technology in the home that help people with mobility issues to go up and down stairs. However, it is unclear how stairlifts are experienced by all household members and what this understanding implies for home healthcare technologies. We investigated the impact of stairlift installations on older adults' households in the UK through a qualitative study investigating the lived experience of the adoption and acceptance of this technology. Interviews and focus groups with primary users, household residents and service providers showed how the wider household identify misalignments between simplified stairlift installation models from service providers and describe a more complex, nuanced emotional journey which involves decision making, conflict and trauma and catharsis and independence. Findings provide transferrable outcomes for the smart home domain by highlighting the multi-resident home, the emotional intrusiveness of home healthcare technologies and the diversity that comes with providing care, unique to every household.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 May 2021
EventACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work 2021 - Virtual
Duration: 23 Oct 202127 Oct 2021
https://cscw.acm.org/2021/

Conference

ConferenceACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work 2021
Abbreviated titleCSCW 2021
Period23/10/2127/10/21
Internet address

Structured keywords

  • SPHERE
  • Digital Health

Keywords

  • stairlifts
  • households
  • assistive technology
  • aging
  • health
  • care
  • older adults
  • multi-resident homes

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