Smart home technologies supporting daily life for people with dementia and their informal caregivers to improve quality of life and social participation

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Germany Germany University of Bremen

Early Stage Researcher (ESR9)

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Viktoria Hoel

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Prof. Karin Wolf-Ostermann

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My name is Viktoria Hoel, and my interests lie in sustainable high-quality care and Public Health. I graduated from the University Of Oslo (MSc.) in Health Economics, Policy and Management, specializing in Health Economics. For my Master thesis, I did a cost analysis assessing the effect on patient pathways expenditure following a major Norwegian Health Reform. I deepened my knowledge of welfare economics and behavioural economics during my exchange semester in Hamburg.

However, I discovered my passion Public Health while working as a research assistant in the EU-funded SUSTAIN (Sustainable tailored integrated care for older people in Europe) project. This experience sparked my interest in working with research, specifically within the field of nursing, care and public health promotion. I am therefore beyond excited for being a part of the DISTINCT project, allowing me to work in the sphere where technology and health care meet, in the pursuit of developing the best care possible for people living with dementia.

Start date October 2019
Duration 36 months


Easy to use technical systems for people with dementia and their caregiver help support people to manage in their own home. This project evaluates smart home technologies (Allspark cubes) provided in cooperation with a technical partner (Blackout Technologies) as a learning system supporting communication and social participation but also for assisting with nutrition and medication management. A longitudinal analysis with control group will evaluate acceptance and conditions for successful implementation/use and effectiveness of this technology as well as quality of life, social participation, nutrition, and carer burden using standard scales and in depth-interviews.

Expected Results

Demonstration of the potential of easy to apply smart home technologies to support people with dementia in daily life and improve quality of life and social health. Barriers and facilitators for the use of these technologies will be evaluated and a pilot effectiveness study will provide deeper insight into future implementation.

Planned secondment(s)

Two for 3 months each. The first in year one with WFOT to look at international use of smart home technology and the second at NUIG to review ethical issues around smart homes.