Author(s): Ruth Croser, Rob Garrett, Barry Seeger, Paul Davies
The aim of this study was to determine the impact of a short-term trial of electronic aids to daily living on people’s perceived levels of independence and frustration when using mains-powered or infrared controlled appliances. Eight subjects trialed various electronic aid options over a 2-week period to assist them to access appliances they considered to be a high priority. Subjects rated their independence, frustration level and average time taken to complete the task before, during and after the equipment trial. Results were analyzed as single case study designs run in parallel. All participants indicated the use of electronic aids to daily living increased independence, decreased frustration and decreased time taken to complete the task. As a result of these positive findings, further research in this area may be undertaken. Initially a demonstration centre for clients to trial new home automation technologies is to be set up at the Independent Living Centre of South Australia.