Personal emergency response system (PERS) alarms may induce insecurity feelings
2011 (English)In: Gerontechnology, ISSN 1569-1101, Vol. 10, no 3, 140-145 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
(PERS) alarms have been used in Sweden since 1974 to enable older people to age safely at home. Despite this long use, we found no studies describing independent older users’ opinions of these devices.
Aim Our aim was to describe how people living in Swedish independent senior housing perceive the alarms and to highlight their wishes for further developments and innovations.
Methods We conducted five focus group interviews with residents of senior housing who used or had used a PERS alarm and analysed the data qualitatively for latent content.
Results The data analysis revealed five themes in participants’ opinions and feelings about the PERS alarms: (i) safety, (ii) anxiety, (iii) satisfaction, (iv) being informed, and (v) older persons as active innovators.
Conclusion The 40-year-old Swedish PERS used in senior housing seems to limit rather than liberate users in their daily lives and cause feelings of insecurity rather than security. Older Swedish people require a more personalized alarm with a built-in positioning system that would allow them a greater range of movement beyond their homes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Eindhoven, Netherlands: International Society for gerontechnology , 2011. Vol. 10, no 3, 140-145 p.
focus groups, inclusive design, PERS, qualitative research
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-17030DOI: 10.4017/gt.2011.10.3.001.00OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-17030DiVA: diva2:474498