Type

Conference Proceedings

Authors

Kate Irving
Alan F. Smeaton
Eamonn Newman
Joanna McHugh

Subjects

Psychiatry

Topics
patient monitoring nursing dementia psychology user centred design independent living home care older adults

Dem@Care: a proposed system for the home-based ambient monitoring and enablement of older adults with dementia. (2012)

Abstract With an ageing population comes an anticipated leap in the numbers of individuals with dementia, and it is advisable both from an economic and community perspective to maintain home-based care for individuals with dementia for as long as possible. Ambient assistive and sensor technologies comprise a key contribution towards helping the person with dementia maintain independence in their community, by supporting their health, lifestyle, and safety, in an unobtrusive manner. Ambient technologies can be used to assess the status of the individual with dementia, and also to enable their independent home-based living for as long as possible. Methodology Dem@Care is an FP7 funded initiative, which aims to provide multi-parametric remote monitoring and enablement for persons with dementia living in the community. We here describe the goals of Dem@Care, as well as the principles behind its design, and early identified issues with deployment. Results We report relevant guiding principles from the literature, as well as principles arising from the team’s own clinical expertise. These principles include user-centred design, individualisation, involving the caregiver, and the prioritising of unobtrusive monitoring. Our goals include the successful enhancement of the quality of life of individuals with dementia, and the efficient and unobtrusive design of technological sensor-based systems in the home. We outline our plans to date to deploy the complete Dem@Care in the homes of community-dwelling older adults with dementia. An emphasis throughout is maintained on the individualised, ‘toolbox’ nature of the system, since we are aware that one size does not fit all for dementia. Conclusions The current proposal introduces the Dem@Care project, as a system for remote management and enablement of persons with dementia. We anticipate valuable insights pertaining to dementia care arising from this multidisciplinary initiative.
Collections Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Publication Type = Conference or Workshop Item
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Medical Sciences: Nursing
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Status = Published
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools: Faculty of Science and Health
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Medical Sciences
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools: Faculty of Science and Health: School of Nursing and Human Sciences
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Medical Sciences: Psychology

Full list of authors on original publication

Kate Irving, Alan F. Smeaton, Eamonn Newman, Joanna McHugh

Experts in our system

1
Kate Irving
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 66
 
2
Alan F. Smeaton
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 492
 
3
Eamonn Newman
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 28
 
4
Joanna E. McHugh
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 36