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Future care: rethinking technology enhanced aged care environments

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posted on 2018-06-01, 00:00 authored by Jennifer Loy, Natalie Haskell
Purpose

Cutting-edge hospital and residential care architecture and interior design aim to address the emotional and practical needs of patients, staff and visitors. Yet, whilst improving on past practice, current approaches to design still rarely recognise or respond to individuals. The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of design-led research into digital technology across disciplines for the personalisation of healthcare environments and is informed by the authors’ ongoing hospital-based research.

Design/methodology/approach
This review is based on a design anthropology framework providing insight into designing for changing the experience for older patients in current healthcare contexts and future focused strategies, integrating digital technologies and human-centred design across scale and disciplines. It is informed by ongoing hospital studies based on design-led research methodology, drawing on design anthropology and ethnographical methods.

Findings
Technology enhanced, human-centred, assistive devices and environments implemented into healthcare across scale are developing but integration is needed for meaningful experiences.

Research limitations/implications
This review is a positioning paper for design-led research into digital technology across scale and medium.

Practical implications
This paper provides the basis for practical research including the ongoing hospital-based research of the authors.

Social implications
This approach potentially enhances emotional experiences of connected healthcare.

Originality/value
Future care scenarios are proposed, with technology and human experience as key drivers. Individualised and personalised solutions better cater for diversity. Within this context, it is strategic to question and test new ways of crafting the older persons care experience. This paper brings new direction to this discussion.

History

Journal

Journal of enabling technologies

Volume

12

Issue

2

Pagination

91 - 100

Publisher

Emerald

Location

Bingley, Eng.

ISSN

2398-6263

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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