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Many research technologies are designed to help older adults stay in their homes for as long as possible, but few are tested in real homes for any length of time. The HomeSHARE initiative is a geographically distributed testbed to design, develop, and evaluate pervasive home-based technologies for aging-in-place.  

Initial HomeSHARE Sites

In the first iteration of HomeSHARE, we will establish a core set of 30 homes of older adults in the United States, 15 homes at each of two sites: Bloomington, Indiana (managed by Indiana University) and Denver, Colorado (managed by University of Colorado).

Each HomeSHARE site recruits and maintains 15 homes that have a basic set of technology in each home, called the HomeSHARE Kit. A HomeSHARE kit includes a baseline package of hardware with networking, sensors, storage, and interface components that older adults and researchers can access locally or remotely. Initially, this basic set of technology includes motion sensors at every room threshold, door/window sensors on all external doors and a number of windows, a wearable activity monitor, a tablet for collecting self-reported data from participants and for allowing participants to manage their privacy, a PC-based hub, and internet connectivity.

How to Get Involved

For more information, please follow the following links:

  • If you are an older adult interested in becoming a HomeSHARE Home, please click here.
  • If you are a researcher interested in using HomeSHARE for a study, please click here.
  • If you are a researcher interested in becoming a HomeSHARE site, please click here.

If you would like more information, please contact the research team at:  nsfhomeshare@gmail.com

This work is funded by National Science Foundation grants 1629468 and 1405873.

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