UofSC SmartHOME Center for Economic Excellence
Piloting solutions to improve the health and quality of life of senior citizens through technology
In partnership with the University of South Carolina SmartHOME Center, SCUplift, Richland County and Palmetto Health, the SCUplift Legacy Home is an affordable smart home designed to advance the quality of life of older adults by showcasing tools and technologies that facilitate safe aging in place.
The goal of the UofSC SmartHOME Center for Economic Excellence is to help aging South Carolinians remain healthy and independent through affordable technology solutions. The SCUplift Legacy Home is an example of the center's work the center. This collaborative community partnership transformed a run-down house in northeast Columbia into an affordable senior housing project that includes telehealth capabilities, induction cooking appliances to prevent burns and energy-efficient appliances, and it is wired to accommodate future smart technologies. Assistant professor Shaun Owens of the UofSC College of Social Work is the director of strategy and innovation for the center, and his research on health management and decision making was translated into this real-world community project. Other current SmartHOME Center projects include health telemonitoring and medication-adherence pilot programs to enable older adults to age in place.