Project BETAGT

Evaluation of new technologies by residents and staff in the institutional context (Paul Wilhelm von Keppler-Foundation) and testing of the transfer to private housing)


Project Description

Over the last years there has been an intensive discussion of the use of technology in order to keep older people with physical, sensory or cognitive impairments independent as long as possible. It could be shown that technology can facilitate ageing in place as well as communication and mobility in later life. Moreover, technologies can serve to support and enhance efficiency of daily routines in care settings.

This project’s aim is to identify consequences of the implementation and use of new technologies (e.g. lighting control, sensor mats, access control to rooms, monitoring vital functions) on the life of vulnerable residents in an institutional setting. The main focus is on expected positive (well-being, quality of life, information) as well as negative (insecurity, handling problems) effects of the technology on residents and staff of the nursing home Zentrum für Senioren und Begegnung Adrienne von Bülow inGrafenau (South-West Germany), opened in late 2007 and run by the Paul Wilhelm von Keppler-Foundation. Besides in-patient wards for people with care needs or dementia it hosts a section with assisted living apartments as well as a meeting place. These various contexts will allow to compare differences as well as to examine the transferability of results to the area of private dwellings. Additional project parts will analyse in detail the benefit of new technologies to prevent falls (access control, measurement of activity, fall detection) and to optimize daily care routines by means of a new computer-based care documentation system.

In the first year repeated on-site assessments with residents, their relatives and staff of the in-patient facility are planned. After subsequent instrument optimization additional investigations with inhabitants of the assisted living facility are planned to be conducted in the second year. Assessments will be followed by another round of instrument optimization in order to guarantee high levels of assessment quality. Finally, this instrument should also serve to resolve constraints in the development of the market in the sector of new technologies.

Project Related Publications

  • Final report of the project BETAGT (in German)
  • Short version of the final report of the project (in German)
  • Claßen, K., Oswald F., Wahl, H.-W., Becker, C. & Heusel, C. (2010). Wahrnehmung und Nutzung neuer Technologien durch Bewohner/innen und Mitarbeiter/innen im institutionellen Kontext: Erste Befunde des Projekts BETAGT. In VDE/ AAL / BMBF (Hrsg.), Ambient Assisted Living 2010. 3. Deutscher AAL-Kongress, Tagungs-CD. Berlin: VDE-Verlag.
  • Claßen, K., Oswald, F., Wahl, H.-W., Becker, C., & Heusel, C. (2010). Perception and use of new technologies by residents and staff in an institutional context: Data from the project BETAGT. Paper presented at the AALIANCE conference. Ambient Assisted Living: Technology and Innovation for Ageing Well. Malaga, Spain.
  • Oswald, F., Claßen, K., & Wahl, H.-W. (2009). Die Rolle von Technik bei kognitiven Einbußen im Alter. In Landesstiftung (Hrsg.). Training bei Demenz. Stuttgart: Schriftenreihe der Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg, 42, S. 104-143.

Project Directorship (PI and Co-PIs)

Scientific Project Staff


  • Robert Bosch Stiftung

Project Partner

  • Paul Wilhelm von Keppler-Foundation (Christof Heusel, Peter Antfang)
  • Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, Klinik für Geriatrische Rehabilitation [Geriatric Rehabilitation Hospital], Stuttgart (PD Dr. Clemens Becker)


  • 01.02.2008 - 31.03.2010


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