Patient Attendant CallBy Singh, Swaroop S.; RESNA 26th International Annual Conference 2003,
Publication Date: 2003
Paper describes a prototype device designed to improve the communication between caregivers and clients by providing three different messages for the client to send to the caregiver. For example, messages can include “help,” “water,” or “restroom.” The device consists of a client unit and an attendant unit. The client selects the message he or she wishes to send by pressing a switch. The selection is then sent to the attendant unit, which highlights the message via light-emitting diode. A device evaluation was conducted, which consisted of a presentation to an audience of therapists, biomedical engineers, and non-technical personnel. The device was found to operate effectively during the demonstration. Clients are able to communicate specific messages to caregivers, who are made aware of the client’s needs. The device was found to allow caregivers to work in a more calm and relaxed manner, as both units proved to be simple to operate. Implications for further improvements are discussed.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)