Dr Joan Cahill – Principal Investigator, Centre for Innovative Human System (CIHS), School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

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    Dr Joan Cahill is a Research Fellow and Principal Investigator at the Centre for Innovation in Human Systems (CIHS), at the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Joan’s research is at the nexus of people, technology and process delivery – focusing on technology-based supports and interventions in the healthcare and aviation domains.



    Title: Biopsychosocial models of wellness and the design of new technologies for older adults domicile in residential homes and assisted living communities.

    Synopsis: The advancement of assistive technology raises questions in relation to the values of society in terms of promoting positive values around ageing and protecting an older person’s dignity and rights.

    This talk reports on human factors research pertaining to the development of new assisted living technology enabling independence, quality of life and social participation for older adults, domicile in residential homes and/or assisted living communities. A key objective of the technology is to enable a vision of care where older people are socially engaged, have continuity in living experience and have a voice.

    This human factors research is being undertaken as part of an industry and academia collaboration involving researchers from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Oneview Healthcare

    Overall, future assisted living (AL) technology should be premised biopsychosocial models of wellness and support relationships between older adults and members of the personal and professional community. New technologies should facilitate wellness and communication/connection, and not simply risk assessment. New technology provides an opportunity to bridge existing information gaps between care planning, care assessments and daily care. Overall this technology needs to be intuitive and uphold the resident’s dignity and rights. Person to person interaction is central to care delivery. The introduction of new technology should enhance this interaction, and not threaten it.

    New assisted living technology affords the possibility for improved social relationships, enhanced wellbeing, better quality of care, and independence. Such technologies require careful consideration in relation to adapting to age/condition and managing issues pertaining to resident consent, privacy and human contact.

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