Successful ending of the international project i-evAALution

On 31 March 2021, we completed the international research and development project i-evAALution. The intervention study in four countries (Austria, Slovenia, Italy and the Netherlands) took place largely at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, which had an impact on the research process and results of the study. Nevertheless, we were able to recruit 303 older people and 202 relatives to participate.

The aim of the project was to give access to innovative Active and Assisted Living solutions in a large scale pilot test (RCT). It combined AAL solutions with modern consumer products. The goal is was find evidence on the effect of i-evAALution bundle on the quality of Life of older adults. In addition to the effects on the quality of life, the project also hoped to gain new insights into the design, user acceptance, socio-economic feasibility, willingness to pay and the business model for the AAL bundle.

Here are some preliminary results:

  • The Baseline questionnaire revealed positive expectations in terms of usability, ease of use and learning, and satisfaction with the i-evAALution package. Over the course of the study, the perceived usability and ease of use of the tested package, as well as satisfaction with it, decreased among older people.
  • Acceptance of using the I-evAALution bundle increased over the course of the study for all study participants (both older people and their relatives). We assume that the increased acceptance of this type of technology is due to the participation in the study itself.
  • During the five-month period of use of the bundle, the most frequently used functionalities were the emergency watch (indoor and outdoor use) and the light management. The use of the emergency watch indoor decreased after one year of use.
  • Impact on QoL:
    • The study participants in the intervention group (i.e. those who used the bundle) expected that the use of the package would slightly improve their competence, flexibility and self-esteem.
    • Participants in the intervention group had a higher perceived sense of safety and control compared to the control group (i.e. those who did not use the bundle) throughout the study.
    • Participants who regularly used the emergency watch had a greater sense of safety during the study than those who did not use it regularly.
    • Older people in the intervention group felt that they had achieved their individual goals by participating in the study. The most frequently mentioned goals were: a greater sense of safety, quick help when needed, maintaining or strengthening independence.
    • Relatives indicated that they had achieved their individual goals by taking part in the study, the most frequently mentioned of which were: a greater sense of security for the older person.
  • Important functionalities of the i-evAALution bundle:
    • Both older people and their relatives identified security, technology-related services and emergency services as the most important features of the bundle.
  • Impact of the corona pandemic:
    • The perceived quality of life decreased in all older test persons due to the corona pandemic. This probably led to some positive effects of technology use being masked by this serious influence. 
    • During the corona pandemic, more technology was used for communication, information and entertainment by the older subjects than before - showing how important technology can be in reducing isolation and insecurity. 

The project was financed by the Active and Assistive Living (AAL) programme and the national funding agencies. The project in Slovenia was co-financed by the Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia.  The head of the project at the University of Ljubljana was Vesna Dolničar, PhD from the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI). The main researcher on the project is Simona Hvalič Touzery, PhD.

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