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Present Conditions and Future Needs for U-home Services for the Residents of Elderly Housing in the U. S.

Oh-Jung Kwon 1

1건국대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study was designed to investigate present conditions and future needs for adapting ubiquitous home technology to elderly housing in the U.S. to provide useful information to make elderly housing more suitable for supporting elderly residents. This study surveyed 52 key staffs who have employed more than a year at an elderly housing (assisted living facilities or independent housing for the elderly) and presented them with 5 categories of 31 ubiquitous home services to check currently existing services in their elderly housing and evaluate their future need for each service with regard to their residents’ needs. Results of this study showed there were some ubiquitous home services which were already adapted and commonly used in surveyed elderly housing. ‘Safety and security service’ category was the most commonly adapted service. In terms of their needs, the respondents ranked the safety and security service category first and the indoor environmental control service category second. Average age of the residents was the most influential variable to use ubiquitous home services and also to decide future needs of ubiquitous home services.

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