Full title of the projet

teChnology tO suppORt DecIsioN Making about Aging aT homE: COORDINATEs

Project description

Most older adults prefer to stay at home as long as possible. Effective self-management for people losing autonomy depends on reliable monitoring of their mobility, health and safety and active implication in decision-making. New technologies have the potential to provide information about changing patterns that reflect changing care needs. This information could support older adults, their caregivers and healthcare professionals in shared decision making (SDM) about housing options.

1)      Assess autonomy and mobility of older adults with early-stage dementia living at home, 
2)      Codesign technology that facilitates self-management 
3)      Inform shared decision making processes about housing options for all those involved.

Methods and expected results
A 3-year multiple-case, mixed-methods study in Canada, Sweden and the Netherlands. We will a) use mixed methods to assess autonomy and mobility of 20 older adults in their homes and neighbourhoods; b) with end-users, co-design an enhanced version of a health tracking platform; c) use mixed methods to assess use of enhanced platform and larger feasibility survey; d) triangulate and compare data in 3 countries. Self-reported and objectively measured data about mobility and health changes in older adults living at home in 3 countries; enhanced technical support platform for selfmanagement; factors influencing potential uptake; instructions and recommendations for implementation; information for shared decision making about housing options among endusers, including policy makers.