The Potential of Assistive Technologies in Facilitating Better Health and Social Care in China

Karim Hadjri, Tulika Gadakari, Junjie Huang, Isaiah Durosaiye

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The paper presents findings of research from the ESRC-funded EU-China ODESSA project on housing and care models that support ageing in place. It explores the role of assistive technologies at home in achieving ageing in place in the Chinese context. It reviews research underpinning assistive technologies to understand their development and conceptualisation globally and in China. The world population is ageing with the percentage of older people, over 60 years and over 80 years, rising rapidly in China. Therefore, there is a growing need to find solutions that help older people to age well in their own homes. Older people wish to remain independent for as long as possible is also a positive outcome that can alleviate the increasing demand on the health and social care systems. This study used three focus groups in Beijing to explore ageing in place and the role of assistive technologies in relation to personal safety, access to health and social care, and social inclusion. It sought to establish participants’ levels of awareness, needs, and the day-to-day challenges they face while using the built environment and assistive technologies. This study emphasizes the importance of the Chinese context in understanding how ageing in place can be facilitated using assistive technologies. The findings provide recommendations to support the design of age-friendly environments that are technologically enhanced with the aim to enable better health, safety, independence and a sense of community in China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-33
Number of pages19
JournalThe International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Aging in Place
  • Assistive Technology
  • Health and Social Care
  • China


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