The Social Implications of an Assisted Living Reminder System

  • Bedoor K. AlShebli
  • Eric Gilbert
  • Karrie Karahalios
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4564)


We present the findings of an in situ field study conducted using our assisted living system, I-Living, that aims to enable seniors to live in a cost-effective manner independently. Basing the study on both interviews and diaries provided valuable and well-rounded data. Some of the main findings revealed that seniors will wear small health sensors if designed carefully. The study further reveals that delicate and complicated social structures influence the design space in such communities. The primary contribution of this paper is the pilot study conducted at an assisted living facility. It paints a compelling picture of day-to-day life in a healthcare institution and uncovers broad design implications that apply to a wide range of technologies.


assisted living pilot study seniors reminder system 


  1. 1.
    Abowd, G., Price, E.: AwareHome: Georgia Institute of Technology,
  2. 2.
    Bajcsy, R.: ITALH: The Information Technology for Assisted Living at Home project. University of California at Berkeley,
  3. 3.
    Dishman, E.: Proactive Health Laboratory, Intel.
  4. 4.
    Gaver, W.W., Dunne, A.: Project Realities: Conceptual Design for Cultural Effect. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 1999 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 600–607 (1999)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Go, K., Carroll, J.M., Imamiya, A.: Familyware: communicating with someone you love. In: Proceedings of HOIT: Home-Oriented Informatics and Telematics (2000)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Husemann, D.: PCC: Personal Care Connect. IBM,
  7. 7.
    Katzman, R., Brown, T., Fuld, P., Peck, A., Schechter, R., Schimmel, H.: Validation of a short Orientation-Memory-Concentration Test of cognitive impairment. Am. J. Psychiatry (1983)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Larson, K., Intille, S.: The PlaceLab,
  9. 9.
    Miller, T., Stasko, J.: The InfoCanvas: information conveyance through personalized, expressive art. In: CHI 2001 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing system (2001)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Mynatt, E.D., Rowan, J., Craighill, S., Jacobs, A.: Digital family portraits: supporting peace of mind for extended family members. In: CHI 2001: Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems (2001)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
  12. 12.
    Philips. Personal Health Care Systems,
  13. 13.
    Plaisant, C., Milash, B., Rose, A., Widoff, S., Schneiderman, B.: LifeLines: visualizing personal histories. In: CHI 1996: Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (1996)Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Porteus, J., Brownsell, S.: House Care. British Telecom,
  15. 15.
    Scritchfield, R.: CAST: Center of Aging Services Technologies,
  16. 16.
    Siio, I., Rowan, J., Mynatt, E.: Peek-a-drawer: communication by furniture. In: CHI 2002 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (2002)Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Tran, Q., Calcaterra, G., Mynatt, E.: Cook’s Collage: Deja Vu Display for a Home Kitchen. In: Proceedings of HOIT: Home-Oriented Informatics and Telematics, pp. 15–32 (2005)Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Wang, Q., Shin, W., Liu, X., Zeng, Z., Oh, C., AlShebli, B.K., Caccamo, M., Gunter, C.M., Gunter, E., Hou, J., Karahalios, K., Sha, L.: I-Living: An Open System Architecture for Assisted Living. In: Proceedings of IEEE SMC (2006)Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Yang, G.: UbiMon: the Ubiquitous Monitoring Environment for Wearable and Implantable Sensors. Imperial University London,

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bedoor K. AlShebli
    • 1
  • Eric Gilbert
    • 1
  • Karrie Karahalios
    • 1
  1. 1.No Affiliation 

Personalised recommendations