Nowadays, using of automation technologies is a solution implemented in different contexts (e.g. private homes, sheltered apartments, and health care facilities) in order to help users with special needs and even persons with cognitive disabilities. A pilot training apartment called “Casa Satellite” was realized in Trento (Italy). It is a smart home with an automation system and assistive devices for people with cognitive impairments. First residents of the “Casa Satellite” Project are sixteen young adults with Down syndrome aged between 21 and 31 years who live with their families. They are individuals with mild or moderate mental retardation. They stayed in this apartment in groups of four and for four consecutive days per month for about three years. Some of these participants have been monitored as a case study. The sample of the pilot study includes three users with varying degrees of mental retardation. This paper describes the analysis of five Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), selected from nine monitored, but for only one user. Goal of the pilot study is to measure the improvement margin of the independence in ADL carried out without and with home automation and assistive devices. A Supports Intensity Scale is used for a standardized assessment of the intensity of support needs. Data processing shows a different trend of improvement for the investigated activities in absence and presence of assistive devices although more marked in the second case. It was quantified the reduction in the need for support in statistical terms. The first results of this pilot study suggest the training value of the “Casa Satellite”.

Pilot Study of Smart Home "Casa Satellite": First Results of the Monitoring

Dalprà, Michela;Chiogna, Michela;Frattari, Antonio
2014

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Nowadays, using of automation technologies is a solution implemented in different contexts (e.g. private homes, sheltered apartments, and health care facilities) in order to help users with special needs and even persons with cognitive disabilities. A pilot training apartment called “Casa Satellite” was realized in Trento (Italy). It is a smart home with an automation system and assistive devices for people with cognitive impairments. First residents of the “Casa Satellite” Project are sixteen young adults with Down syndrome aged between 21 and 31 years who live with their families. They are individuals with mild or moderate mental retardation. They stayed in this apartment in groups of four and for four consecutive days per month for about three years. Some of these participants have been monitored as a case study. The sample of the pilot study includes three users with varying degrees of mental retardation. This paper describes the analysis of five Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), selected from nine monitored, but for only one user. Goal of the pilot study is to measure the improvement margin of the independence in ADL carried out without and with home automation and assistive devices. A Supports Intensity Scale is used for a standardized assessment of the intensity of support needs. Data processing shows a different trend of improvement for the investigated activities in absence and presence of assistive devices although more marked in the second case. It was quantified the reduction in the need for support in statistical terms. The first results of this pilot study suggest the training value of the “Casa Satellite”.
40th IAHS World Congress, on Housing:Sustainable Housing Construction
Coimbra
Instituto de Investigação e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico em Ciências da Construção
9789899894914
Dalprà, Michela; Chiogna, Michela; Primon, G.; Frattari, Antonio
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