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
Belbus WeidumBelbus Weidum, nicknamed “efkes d’r op út”, is the care provider’s first copy of the Skewiel Mobiel service. As an ongoing living lab, we have monitored the development of this PSS from the beginning. We found for example that it is integrated differently from Skewiel Mobiel in the organization, and we learned how longer distances affect the experience of the service for all stakeholders.
Belbus Wommels, also nicknamed “efkes d’r op út”, is the second copy of Skewiel Mobiel. Just as the service in Weidum, we have monitored the development from the start. We found that up-scaling of a PSS can work, but has to be done in dialogue within the organization, and we learned that each environment dictates a slightly different PSS design.
Belbus Blauwhuis is the third iteration of the Skewiel Mobiel service, which proves the interest of the care organization in the values of such a mobility service. The monitoring of this service is done by the care organization.