Human factors evidence themes
For technology to be beneficial to aged care, it must be designed and implemented with the needs of its human users in mind. Various human factors, such as an individual’s experience with technology, their level of physical or cognitive ability, and their personal values and preferences for care, may significantly influence the extent to which a new product is accepted and used. From a comprehensive review of the literature on ‘human factors’ and technology in aged care, we identified several recurring themes. We present these here as short summaries of the factors that may influence the adoption and effective use of technology in aged care.
Human Factors Resources
See these selected resources to learn more about human factors and technology in aged care
Social, ethical and economic considerations of smart technologies for ageing well
This report by The University of Adelaide discusses the findings of primary and secondary research activities undertaken to understand what is needed to age well, age well in place and the assets and challenges of using smart technologies at home. Read More
The use of surveillance and monitoring technology in aged care
This discussion paper by the Government of South Australia, Department of Health and Wellbeing reports on a variety of surveillance and monitoring technologies that may support the care of residents living in residential aged care facilities, particularly the use of CCTV or audio visual surveillance and monitoring. Read More
Can robots solve our aged care crisis?
This article from The Ethics Centre discusses the use of robots in aged care and lists ten technology developments in the aged care sector. Read More
Building connections: An educational toolkit for staff on the use of socialisation robots in residential aged care.
This manual by the Brightwater Care Group presents a toolkit for enhancing the social engagement of older adults with cognitive decline in residential aged care. Read More
Care robots: safe or unethical?
This podcast episode by the Charles Sturt University presents views on care robots gaining momentum in the global aged care industry, and raises ethical concerns over the potential impact of replacing human companionship with technology. Read More
Cyber intelligence insights
This CyberCX Cyber Intelligence Insights summary report presents focused, contextualised information intended to be read by senior decision makers. Prepared by CyberCX’s Cyber Intelligence team, these reports present recent trends that will inform organisations’ cyber security posture and risk assessments. Read More