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A Living Lab Method for Innovations to Increase Quality of Life for Elderly - A Pilot Case

  • Isabella ScandurraEmail author
  • Madeleine Blusi
  • Rolf Dalin
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9193)

Abstract

A Swedish Living Lab has recently been established offering care organizations a test and evaluation method as an activity in their intrinsic development process. Using the method, innovations for an aging population are assessed, guided by quality criteria as well-being, dignity, value for the elderly and usability.

This paper describes the method through a pilot test, carried out in November 2014 by the elderly themselves and health and social care staff at a nursing home together with different academic parts in a multidisciplinary test process. The method allows for interaction between innovators and stakeholders as well as potential end-users in the elderly care sector. Simultaneously, the users’ quality aspects are kept in focus when innovations for the aging society are tested.

Keywords

Aging society Elderly care Innovation Living lab Usability User participation Health/welfare development Test Evaluation User-centricity 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank all participants at the nursing home Viktoriagården in Kramfors, Sweden, for their work and engagement. We would also like to thank the representatives of SCA Hygiene Products AB for good teamwork and for providing the innovation TENA Identifi TM for pilot testing as well as Pär Näslund and Katarina Palmgren for their field work. Finally we thank the Swedish agency for innovation systems, VINNOVA and the County Administrative Board in Västernorrland for financing the research and development project Norrlandicus.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabella Scandurra
    • 1
    Email author
  • Madeleine Blusi
    • 2
  • Rolf Dalin
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Business, Department of InformaticsÖrebro UniversityÖrebroSweden
  2. 2.R&D DepartmentThe Association of Local Authorities in Västernorrland CountyHärnösandSweden

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