Designing an Awareness Display for Senior Home Care Professionals

  • Martijn H. Vastenburg
  • Robbert J. Vroegindeweij
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5859)


Home care professionals play a central role in supporting elderly people when they need help to continue living in their own homes. Using awareness systems, caregivers might better be able to consider the actual and changing needs of individual clients, and better be prepared for the home visits. In the present situation, the functional requirements on a awareness systems for professional caregivers are unknown, and caregivers tend to be unaware of the potential use of these sensor-based systems. This paper presents a case study in which the user needs are studied using a working prototype; the prototype is used to make target users experience an awareness system in their everyday work practice, and thereby enable them to better reflect upon the user needs and the potential use of these systemsWhereas caregivers were skeptical at first, they did value the prototype in the evaluation phase. In the exit interviews, the caregivers came up with an interesting list of requirements and design directions for a future awareness display.


awareness display design of interactive products contextual studies aging in place 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martijn H. Vastenburg
    • 1
  • Robbert J. Vroegindeweij
    • 1
  1. 1.ID-StudioLab, Faculty of Industrial Design EngineeringDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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