A Remote Home Monitoring System to Support Informal Caregivers of People with Dementia

Stefan Lentelink, Monique Tabak, Boris van Schooten, Dennis Hofs, Harm op den Akker, Hermie Hermens

Abstract

Informal caregivers of people with dementia have a high risk of becoming overburdened. Health informatics for aging in place can provide them support by deploying unobtrusive remote home monitoring systems to assess real-time events and monitor changes in the behavior of the person with dementia (PwD). In this paper, we describe the concept, development, and evaluation of an intelligent remote Home Monitoring System (HMS) that provides support to informal caregivers by giving key information related to the health and independent living of the PwD. The HMS consists of a Sensor System that monitors low-level behaviors of the PwD, a Decision Support System that translates this into high-level behaviors, and a connected Smartphone Application that allows the caregiver to receive notifications, review behavioral information at a glance, and facilitates the collaborative care process between informal caregivers. The final HMS prototype was evaluated and scored high in terms of usability and quality of the Smartphone Application. The Sensor System showed no significant flaws during testing, and the Decision Support System is considered a viable proof of concept. The next step is to evaluate the HMS in a real-life setting in terms of offering peace of mind and reducing the burden of care.

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Lentelink S., Tabak M., van Schooten B., Hofs D., op den Akker H. and Hermens H. (2018). A Remote Home Monitoring System to Support Informal Caregivers of People with Dementia.In Proceedings of the 11th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF, ISBN 978-989-758-281-3, pages 94-102. DOI: 10.5220/0006565300940102


in Bibtex Style

@conference{healthinf18,
author={Stefan Lentelink and Monique Tabak and Boris van Schooten and Dennis Hofs and Harm op den Akker and Hermie Hermens},
title={A Remote Home Monitoring System to Support Informal Caregivers of People with Dementia},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 11th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF,},
year={2018},
pages={94-102},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006565300940102},
isbn={978-989-758-281-3},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 11th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF,
TI - A Remote Home Monitoring System to Support Informal Caregivers of People with Dementia
SN - 978-989-758-281-3
AU - Lentelink S.
AU - Tabak M.
AU - van Schooten B.
AU - Hofs D.
AU - op den Akker H.
AU - Hermens H.
PY - 2018
SP - 94
EP - 102
DO - 10.5220/0006565300940102