The nature and use of surveillance technologies in residential care

Ryan Woolrych, Andrew Sixsmith, Ben Mortenson, Stephen N. Robinovitch, Fabio Feldman

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    9 Citations (Scopus)


    To support an aging population there has been a move towards developing surveillance technologies that observe the movements, behaviours and health status of older people. These technologies are meant to support health and independence within the context of limited resources. Although there have been studies about the development of new devices and systems, there has been less research examining the impact of surveillance technologies that monitor those residing and working in care facilities. This paper reports the findings from a qualitative study of a residential care facility that instituted video surveillance. The findings revealed how surveillance was used as a care management tool-to provide access to real-time data, to preserve the safety of older people and to monitor the working practices of formal carers. However, there may also be some unintended consequences of the implementation of video surveillance in residential care.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInclusive Society: Health and Wellbeing in the Community, and Care at Home
    Subtitle of host publication11th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics, ICOST 2013, Singapore, June 19-21, 2013. Proceedings
    EditorsJit Biswas, Hisato Kobayashi, Lawrence Wong, Bessam Abdulrazak, Mounir Mokhtari
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-39470-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event11th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics - Singapore, Singapore
    Duration: 19 Jun 201321 Jun 2013

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference11th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics
    Abbreviated titleICOST 2013


    • monitoring
    • observation
    • privacy
    • residential care
    • Surveillance

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Computer Science
    • Theoretical Computer Science


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