A Case Study of a Pilot Smart Home Monitoring System with Older Adults Living Alone in East Midlands




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Athens Institute for Education & Research



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The aim of this project was to examine older adults and their next-of-kins’ experiences of using smart home technology. The technology unobtrusively monitors the older adult’s physical functional ability to undertake their daily activities at home. Using a case study approach, the participants comprised three family units: three older adults with a history of long-term co-morbidities and who lived alone, along with their next-of-kin (n=4). The older adults were all female aged between 72- 82 years of age, while the four next-of-kin were all females aged between 40 and 55 years of age. Participants experiences of using the smart home technology was evaluated at three- and eight-months post installation via in-depth one-to-one interviews with the older adults and their next-of-kin. The older adults described how the smart home sensors reduced their levels of anxiety because they were ‘not feeling alone’. Likewise, their next-of-kin described how the sensors gave them an insight to their older relatives’ activities of daily living, as well as the challenges they experienced. The findings highlighted the benefit of smart home technologies in terms of helping older adults and their next-of-kin monitor their daily activities, reduce social isolation, and adopt positive health and behavioural changes.


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older adults, home-sensors, functional ability, activities of daily living, intergenerational relationships


Ochieng, B.M.N., Chaudhry, I., Chamley, C., Nijhof, D., Ochieng, R., Rogerson, L., Wong, R. and Prasad, R. (2023) A Case Study of a Pilot Smart Home Monitoring System with Older Adults Living Alone in East Midlands. Athens Journal of Health and Medical Sciences, 10,


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Institute of Health, Health Policy and Social Care