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J.C. Augusto, S. Martin, M.D. Mulvenna, W. Carswell, H. Zheng. Holistic Night-Time Care. Gerontechnology 2010;9(2):. Assisted living systems for healthcare are being devel-
 

Summary: J.C. Augusto, S. Martin, M.D. Mulvenna, W. Carswell, H. Zheng. Holistic Night-Time Care.
Gerontechnology 2010;9(2):. Assisted living systems for healthcare are being devel-
oped as part of the fundamental shift from hospital-centred to home-centred models of care
within health services. These systems are supported by Smart Environments, physical envi-
ronments enriched with sensing and actuating devices, e.g., smart homes. Most of the contri-
butions reported in the technical literature focus on the most active period of the day (daylight
time). Our project NOCTURNAL (Night Optimised Care Technology for UseRs Needing As-
sisted Lifestyles) assumes that the night period and daylight periods of the day are different
enough to require separate analysis1
. At night time, people with dementia can experience
fearfulness and anxiety which can lead to restlessness, physically threatening behaviour,
`wandering', and disruption of normal behaviour (feeding, sleeping and hygiene). Methods. A
number of different approaches have been tried by other researchers. A literature study2
shows that technology can play a pivotal role providing assistance to people with dementia
during night time (Table 1). However, these studies focused on monitoring a specific aspect of
the night time activity or applying a single technology to aid people with dementia during the
night. Our work builds upon the current setup commercial telecare offerings and provides ad-
ditional features. Several of these additional features focus around providing greater guidance.
Smart sensing and guidance algorithms will help control the lights and support navigational
guidance at night time. A primary goal of the work is to encourage good sleeping habits

  

Source: Augusto, Juan Carlos - School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Ulster at Jordanstown

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences