Remote Monitoring and Adaptive Models for Caregiver Peace of MindBy Cuddihy, Paul; Ganesh, Meena; Graichen, Catherine; Weisenberg, Jenny; 2003 International Conference on Aging, Disability, and Independence, pp. 183-184
Publication Date: May 2004
Paper discusses the Home Assurance System, which was created by GE Research to provide information about the daily living activities of older people living independently in their own homes to caregivers in remote locations. A wireless monitoring system is installed in the older person’s residence, from where information is transmitted to a processing center and posted to a website. Caregivers can then check the site and review their client or family member’s day-to-day progress. The system was created with three main objectives: (1) to alert the caregiver of the events and activities that could cause harm to the client, (2) to re-configure security equipment to detect such activities and transmit them to a central location without introducing any stress or burden on the elderly person, and (3) to produce the summaries and alerts needed by the caregiver without excessive reprogramming and system configuration for each unique station. Initial reports have indicated that caregivers have used the system to identify sources of stress such as falling, not eating, and poor sleeping patterns, which could be alleviated by home monitoring. Implications for further project developments are discussed.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for Successful Aging (RERC-Tech-Aging) (Website:http://www.phhp.ufl.edu/centers/rerc.htm)