Promoting INclusive liVing vIa Technology-Enabled support
The INVITE project aims to investigate how assistive and everyday technologies can be implemented in retirement living properties to improve residents’ quality of life and sustain inclusive communities.
The research, which is funded by the Longleigh Foundation, is being undertaken by the University of Stirling in partnership with Stonewater to explore how technology can maximise opportunities to support residents to live well and safely, including when they develop conditions such as dementia.
The focus of the study is driven by increasing interest within health and social care policy in assistive living technologies as tools to enable older people to ‘age in place’, retaining independence within their own homes. To date, the evidence base around the effectiveness of such technology is somewhat equivocal at best, with major studies showing limited impact on older people’s wellbeing, or on levels of demand for health and social care services.
Barriers to uptake and high rates of abandonment have been attributed to lack of involvement of older people and those who care for them in the process of implementing technological solutions to age-related problems. Hence, the INVITE project will take a co-production approach, working closely with Stonewater residents, family members, staff and other stakeholders to examine how technology can be identified, adopted and used in a person-centred fashion.
The project is working across three of Stonewater’s retirement living schemes over 18 months and will report in Spring/Summer 2022. Findings from the research will be used to develop good practice guidance for implementation of technology-enabled support that emphasises equality, inclusive design and linking people together within inclusive environments.
University of Stirling project team
Stonewater project team
Ageing Well with Assistive Technology scoping review
Read the Ageing Well with Assistive Technology scoping review here.
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