The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

The reality of homes fit for heroes: design challenges for rehabilitation technology at home

Axelrod, Lesley, Fitzpatrick, Geraldine, Burridge, Jane, Mawson, Sue, Probert Smith, Penny, Rodden, Tom and Ricketts, Ian (2009) The reality of homes fit for heroes: design challenges for rehabilitation technology at home Journal of Assistive Technology, 3, (2), pp. 35-43.

Record type: Article


It is widely accepted that rigorous rehabilitation exercises after a stroke can help restore some functionality. However for many patients, this means exercises at home with minimal, if any, clinician support. Technologies that help motivate and promote good exercises offer significant potential but need to be designed to realistically take account of real homes and real lives of the people who have had a stroke. As part of the Motivating Mobility project, we carried out a series of visits to homes of people living with stroke and photographed their homes. In contrast to many utopian smart home scenarios, the elderly of today live in homes that were built as homes fit for heroes' but have been evolved and adapted over time and present significant challenges for the design of in-home rehabilitation technologies. These challenges include the uses and repurposing of use of rooms, attitudes to and uses of existing technologies, space available in the home, feelings about different spaces within homes and individual preferences and interests. The findings provide a set of sensitivities that will help shape and frame ongoing design work for the successful deployment of rehabilitation technologies in real homes.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: June 2009


Local EPrints ID: 67234
ISSN: 1754-9450
PURE UUID: e3e151e5-cc8b-4a28-928d-c9177f89e5a0
ORCID for Jane Burridge: ORCID iD

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 12 Aug 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:20

Export record


Author: Lesley Axelrod
Author: Geraldine Fitzpatrick
Author: Jane Burridge ORCID iD
Author: Sue Mawson
Author: Penny Probert Smith
Author: Tom Rodden
Author: Ian Ricketts

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.