Fred and Gina: Our thoughts about Fred and Gina


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Fred and Gina: Our thoughts about Fred and Gina

  1. 1. Designing an enabling environment Our thoughts about Fred & Gina
  2. 2. A slightly different structure... • As the "ideal" solution for Fred & Gina would appear to be a purpose-built home, which serves as an enabling environment, the next slides will comprise a "walk through" of such a building - beginning at the front entrance. • The technology described would work together to comprise what is currently referred to as a ‘Smart Home’ (or sometimes Home Automaton). • Such homes are increasingly being used as mainstream technology. Click here for one commercial Smart Home planner.
  3. 3. Accessing the building
  4. 4. Where are the keys? If Fred & Gina are living alone, they may lock themselves out of their home (leaving their keys inside). Whilst a key safe may be used, this relies on remembering the pass-code. A key-less entry system such as the ekey overcomes this problem, whilst maintaining their independence. Watch the YouTube clip here
  5. 5. An enabling kitchen environment
  6. 6. The ambient kitchen (Olivier et al, 2009) Gina has consistently expressed a desire to live the life of a 'traditional' houswife; and she is likely, therefore, to want to be able to engage in kitchen tasks as much as possible. It would also be good to encourage Fred to be actively involved in domestic tasks in the home. Contemporary solutions such as the Ambient Kitchen move away from simply enhancing functionality, creating an interactive environment that allows ongoing skill development.
  7. 7. The Ambient Kitchen (Olivier et al, 2009) As you explore the Ambient Kitchen's facilities, consider how the various resources might also be of use to the previous case scenarios that you have explored. For example, the medication reminders embedded into the kitchen may be of use to Brian. Similarly, smart technology being designed for other service-user groups could be incorporated into Fred & Gina's flat. The Cognow Project, for example, may help in training in tasks for people with learning disabilities, as well as dementia.
  8. 8. A "smart" lounge
  9. 9. Making the living-room into an assistive living-space The Cognow project mentioned earlier in this presentation (and discussed in more detail in the last Learning Unit) may again provide useful facilities for Fred & Gina's new home. The Centre for Usable Home Technology has developed a Responsive Home to test out various equipment, including a tele- consultation facility and a TV screensaver. However, Fred & Gina's right to privacy should be honoured - allowing them control whether they are monitored or not. Many of the items mentioned for previous case-studies may also be relevant.
  10. 10. A Motivating Bathroom
  11. 11. A motivating bathroom environment
  12. 12. Using technology to assist motivation Fred does not appear to find personal care particularly important - but he is motivated by music. A bathroom that includes music may therefore encourage him to use its facilities more. The video on the previous page shows a specially-adapted shower - but these are becoming more commercially available (e.g. using light and sound). Many other mainstream and sensory room resources could be similarly employed.
  13. 13. Keeping costs down
  14. 14. Strategies for helping expenditure One risk with making use of so much electronic technology is that bills could increase significantly. This problem may be exacerbated if Fred & Gina have problems with money management. Three strategies may help in this regard: 1.  Incorporating user-friendly software into the home for skills training. For example, try the Money Manager within the Elizabeth Fitzroy Sensory House (please note, some service-users may not feel this is age-appropriate). 2.  Using "Green" technology to create a more energy-efficient Smart Home. The British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) have a useful list of technology that may help in reducing energy costs. 3.  Using a free online budget planner to help manage their finances.
  15. 15. Safer relationships
  16. 16. Appropriate behaviour on and offline Healthy  sexual  rela-onships   •  There  are  resources  available  online  to   assist  with  educa3ng  adults  with   learning  disabili3es  about  sex  and   rela3onships  (e.g.  NetBuddy).   •  The  Family  Planning  Associa3on  have   created  an  interac3ve  DVD/CD  called   ‘All  About  Us,’  where  users  can   explore  these  issues  in  privacy  or  with   a  carer.   •  There  are  also  Apps  available  to  aid   sex  educa3on  &  appropriate   behaviour  for  adults  with  learning   disabili3es,  such  as  ‘All  About  People.’   Staying  secure  online   •  Safer  Net  is  a  website  designed   specifically  for  adults  with  learning   disabili3es  to  suggest  the  do’s  and   don'ts  of  online  behaviour.     •  They  can  take  a  fun  but   educa3onal  quiz  online  to  test   their  knowledge  and  suggest   some  changes.  
  17. 17. Thinking about the future
  18. 18. A family home? Fred & Gina's story may only just be beginning! Gina has already made it clear that she wants to have children - and any housing for the couple must cater for this eventuality. As a final thought, therefore, you may wish to consider how technology could also assist Fred & Gina (or any other disabled people) in developing and maintaining parental roles ...