Draft Programme Session: Smart Home Technologies (STS43)

November 23, 2016

Session Type: Lecture (presentation followed by group discussion)

Are smart home technologies a useful tool for assisted living?

Hereward College is a residential and day college for young people with disabilities and additional needs based in Coventry. The College has a proven track record of  using commercially available home automation technologies to create accessible living spaces for students with complex disabilities.

The initial assisted living project was intended to explore the hypothesis that environmental control functionality for a diverse and ever changing group of residents could be achieved by using less costly “off the shelf” technologies. Whilst this practice at first seemed to be a departure from the norm as far as the provision of environmental control functionality was concerned, it is today more widespread with examples of such an approach becoming more commonplace, especially in mainland Europe. Building on Hereward’s experiences using smart home technologies as an assisted living tool, this workshop will explore the potential for a commercial route to market with stakeholders from the smart home industry and the health and social care sectors.

The discussion will identify the key players in the development of a commercial offer, possible barriers to development (including education, training and workforce development), and a means of progressing. This discussion will aim to raise awareness of this paradigm amongst key stakeholders and identify issues arising from an increasing awareness in the smart home installer community that assisted living and consequently access to the “Purple Pound” represents an underdeveloped and hitherto untapped market. As such, the market here and in the US is developing in an unregulated and ad hoc manner.


Participants will be invited discuss and potentially answer the following:

  • Where do the risks lie in such a market driven provision model. (for end users and practitioners)?
  • Is there need/requirement for a dialogue between clinical/statutory providers and the private sector?
  • Who are the key stakeholders?
  • If so what how would such a dialogue be managed, who would to be involved and what needs to be discussed?
  • Is there an appetite to share best practice and what financial models could/should be put in place to accommodate such a service?
  • What can clinical services learn from the commercial sector and vice versa?
  • What are the next steps for commercial, statutory health and care services?



Contact: Paul Doyle, Hereward College,  Tile Hill,  Coventry
Email: pauldoyle@hereward.ac.uk



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