The "Free from housing accessibility problems" app

Oskar Jonsson, Björn Slaug, Maria Haak, Knut Mårtensson, Steven M. Schmidt, Frank Oswald, Joseph M. Rimland, Signe Tomsone, Torbjörn Svensson, Susanne Iwarsson

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The present study concerns the development of a computerized tool targeting housing accessibility issues. A user-centered approach involving professionals from the housing sector and senior citizens from four European countries resulted in a fully functional prototype of a mobile application (app) including an apartment database. The app raises awareness on housing accessibility and has the potential to support decision making and strengthen all citizens regardless of functional capacity to be more active in their endeavors for a satisfying housing solution. Further refinements and additional features are needed to enhance the potential benefits; they include addressing potential challenges facing senior citizens, developing interactive features that allow users to provide input and adapting to different national contexts to make the app applicable for the European market.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversal Design 2016
Subtitle of host publicationLearning from the Past, Designing for the Future - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Universal Design, UD 2016
EditorsDavid Swallow, Leonardo Sandoval, Andrew Lewis, Jenny Darzentas, Helen Petrie, Tanja Walsh, Christopher Power
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781614996835
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event3rd International Conference on Universal Design - York, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Aug 201624 Aug 2016
Conference number: 3

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Conference3rd International Conference on Universal Design
Abbreviated titleUD 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Ageing
  • Housing provision
  • ICT products
  • Social innovations
  • User involvement

Field of Science*

  • 3.4 Medical biotechnology
  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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