Which activities threaten independent living of elderly when becoming problematic: inspiration for meaningful service robot functionality
Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Problem: For the development of a new service robot activities are mapped which, when problematic, will threaten independent living of elderly persons. Participants: Three separate target groups were included: 1) elderly persons (N=32), 2) formal caregivers (N=32), and 3) informal caregivers (N=32). Method: A literature study and focus group sessions were conducted. Findings: Activities within the ICF domains Mobility, Self-care, and Interpersonal interaction & relationships were found to be the most problematic. Conclusion: A distinct set of daily activities was identified that may threaten independent living. Not all of these activities can best be addressed by a robotic solution. Hence the new robot’s functionality will only address a subset of the identified activities.