Today, elderly live in their homes longer, predominantly because of improved home care. For reasons of efficiency and costs, this is considered a good development, but it has a downside too. Elderly often live alone and solitude is regarded to be a main cause of health problems. Keeping elderly socially connected and involved, requires them to remain mobile. However, current mobility solutions do not cater specifically for this group.
Mobile-care projects are currently being initiated in the context of the organization of services. A major constraint is the availability of dedicated vehicle-designs and interfaces between services and the means of mobility. A new class of vehicles is envisaged that will specifically relate to the needs of this age group: mobile solutions that will match the environmental, physical, mental and societal needs of the elderly.
What questions were answered?
Teams from 3 universities and Industry partners were working together to answer the questions:
What role does mobility play in the social integration of the elderly and what are their physical mobility needs?
What artefacts are currently available for the mobility of the elderly, which functions do they fulfil, and what is their quality?
How does the service structure for the elderly currently function and what are the constraints?
What PSS solutions can be developed to address the findings?
How can technology be utilized to improve elderly mobility?
What will the effect of these solutions (PSS) be on the elderly, themselves?
What have the teams achieved?
We have generate a body of knowledge to be used by the creative industry to develop a new range of mobility solutions. Designs, models prototypes were built and tested in natural environments to demonstrate feasibility of these emerging concepts. Additionally, disseminated information to national and international parties involved in this new field of sustainable mobility,
Timeframe and communication:
Grey But Mobile started in 2011 and finished in 2015. Throughout the project, we have published doctoral theses, articles in journals and conference proceedings. We have translated findings into value propositions for care-providers’ clients. Knowledge gained will be integrated into university and professional educational programmes. Progress will be published via this website and explored in workshops.
Who was involved?
Scientific partners: Twente University, Eindhoven University of Technology and the Design Academy Eindhoven;
Industry partners: Roessing Research,Tellens groep, Trivium Meulenbelt Zorg, Zuidzorg, De Loft, Indes, Arriva, Connexxion, Divaco, Waaijenberg.
dr. Lu Yuan, Eindhoven University of Technology
Ir. Marc Beusenberg, Twente University
- An electric, three-vehicle mobility fleet (one car, two scooters) to support the mobility of employees and to analyse EV use situations.
- Experimental study to implementation of Skewiel Mobiel in another environment
- A service with electrics vehicles that is up-and-running, a true PSS testbed.
- Iterations of the Skewiel Mobiel mobility service.
- Mobility PSS with high social value for elderly. Supports in short distance trips.
- Vantage point introduces an independent social media platform for collaborative knowledge sharing for all involved parties. This supports designers to probe the different viewpoints of stakeholders and collaboratively find innovative solutions by accumulating the shared knowledge.
- Op Stap! is a PSS stimulating elderly to use public transport, which provides a meaningful strategy to ease the transition towards the OV-chipcard.
- MOCA is a tablet application that will motivate fragile elderly to join the activities in the facility center of Bladel.
- Iris aims to make public transportation more accessible for elderly. IRIS calls for volunteering actions of a community of people to help elderly to travel by bus, without having to defer from their own trip.
- Three graphical designs of mobility devices as created by Indes in a joint design effort with RRD and TMZ, were shown in the workshop as described in the journal article Boerema et al. (2015; in review) and were used in the course of Miriam Vollenbroek at the University of Twente (UT).
- RRD has created several iterations of the physical activity monitoring system with the ESM (experience sampling methods) tool on the smartphone.
And RRD recently evolved this ESM tool to a research & design tool for capturing work activities of older employees to design an ICT Platform for ergonomic and motivating age-friendly workplaces, from which we expect insights that can be translated to the situation of sedentary elderly at home.
- The Empathic Adventure is an immersive experience designed for professionals and semi-professionals to contribute with their own expertise to the innovation process, particularly in the area of ageing and care. The participant ‘walks in the shoes of an older person’ by dressing up in a simple ageing suit, listening to an audio narrative, and tracing the steps of a typical journey that person takes. These three elements; physical, audio and a journey are always followed up by an opportunity to translate that experience into the design process, for example, by defining opportunities or new idea generation.
- Bas Raijmakers
- Gerard van Bakel
- Miriam Vollenbroek
- Lu Yuan Project Leader
- Ehsan Baha
- Marc Beusenberg
- Simone Boerema
- Hubert Cornelis
- Marco Cowan
- Heather Daam
- Laura van Geel
- Maartje van Gestel
- Erik van Hal
- Fred van Houten
- Rick Schotman
- Wilfred Teunissen
- Fred Tilburgs
- Lex van Velsen
- Richard Rotteveel
- Els Wouda
- Auke visser
- Annagreet Krommendijk
- Marcel van der Meulen
- Hans Bollen
- Anneke Aldenkamp
- Sietse Dols
- Hermie Hermens