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Impact of monitoring technology in assisted living: outcome pilot

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7 Author(s)
M. Alwan ; Dept. of Pathology, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA ; S. Dalal ; D. Mack ; S. Kell
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This paper describes a study designed to assess the acceptance and some psychosocial impacts of monitoring technology in assisted living. Monitoring systems were installed in 22 assisted living units to track the activities of daily living (ADLs) and key alert conditions of residents (15 of whom were nonmemory care residents). Activity reports and alert notifications were sent to professional caregivers who provided care to residents participating in the study. Diagnostic use of the monitoring data was assessed. Nonmemory care residents were surveyed and assessed using the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) instrument. Pre- and post-installation SWLS scores were compared. Older adult participants accepted monitoring. The results suggest that monitoring technologies could provide care coordination tools that are accepted by residents and may have a positive impact on their quality of life

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IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 1 )