Purpose – This paper seeks to discuss the authors' experiences of multidisciplinary practice in relation to developing home‐based assisted living technologies. Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws on almost three years' experience of working within an ongoing, large, multi‐sited and multidisciplinary Irish national research programme: the Technology for Independent Living Centre. This involved industry and academic partners. Teams of clinicians, physical and social scientists, technologists, engineers, designers and ethnographers worked with older adults to design, test and deliver, home‐based technologies that focus on mitigating falls, keeping socially connected and maintaining or improving cognitive function. The authors' experiences and challenges are organised and presented through their retrospective team building model: ENDEA and through comparison with team building literature. Findings – Learning outcomes and implications for technology focused multidisciplinary practice are offered. The paper concludes that a vital step in developing successful assisted living technologies with and for older adults is to spend resources on building effective, creative and committed multidisciplinary teams and practices. Originality/value – The model, ENDEA, is proposed which is a blueprint for successful outcomes, through the management and delivery of multidisciplinary research.
Journal of Assistive Technologies – Emerald Publishing
Published: Sep 16, 2011
Keywords: Multidisciplinary practice; Assisted living technologies; Older adults; Ireland
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