A tailored smart home for dementia care

Authors: Amiribesheli, M.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/29789/

Dementia refers to a group of chronic conditions that cause the permanent and gradual cognitive decline. Therefore, a Person with Dementia (PwD) requires constant care from various types of caregivers (e.g., informal, social and formal). It is commonly accepted that utilising Smart Homes (SH), as an instance of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) technologies, for dementia care could potentially facilitate the care and consequently improve the quality of PwDs’ well-being. Nevertheless, most of the studies view dementia care as a straight application of standard SH technology without accommodating the specific requirements of dementia care. A consequence of this approach is the inadequacy and unacceptability of generic SH systems for the stakeholders of dementia care.

This work considers the specific requirements of PwDs and their care circle in all development steps of an SH, such as design, implementation, and evaluation. It investigates how utilising novel design and computing approaches can enhance the quality of SHs for dementia care and consequently improve healthcare and wellbeing of PwDs. To do so, the thesis first studies the existing SHs for healthcare and identifies their drawbacks. Then, the requirements of dementia care stakeholders will be collected, analysed and reflected on in an SH system design. Extensions and adaptation of existing frameworks and technologies will be proposed to implement a prototype based on the design. Finally, a series of thorough evaluations and validation of the prototype will be carried out.

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Authors: Amiribesheli, M. and Bouchachia, H.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/29789/

Pages: 1755-1782

DOI: 10.1007/s12652-017-0645-7

© 2017, The Author(s). Dementia refers to a group of chronic conditions that cause the permanent and gradual cognitive decline. Therefore, a Person with Dementia (PwD) requires constant care from various classes of caregivers. The care costs of PwDs bear a tremendous burden on healthcare systems around the world. It is commonly accepted that utilising smart homes (SH), as an instance of ambient assisted living (AAL) technologies, can facilitate the care, and consequently improve the quality of PwDs well-being. Nevertheless, most of the existing platforms assume dementia care is a straight application of standard SH technology without accommodating the specific requirements of dementia care. A consequence of this approach is the inadequacy and unacceptability of generic SH systems in the context of dementia care. Contrary to most of the existing SH systems proposed for dementia care, this study considers the specific requirements of PwDs and their care circle in all development steps of an SH. In addition, it investigates how utilising novel design and computing approaches can enhance the quality of SHs for dementia care. To do so, the requirements of dementia care stakeholders are collected, analysed and reflected on in an SH system design. Extensions and adaptation of existing frameworks and technologies are proposed to implement a prototype based on the resulting design. Finally, thorough evaluations and validation of the prototype are carried out. The evaluations by a group of stakeholders show the suitability of the proposed methodology and consequently the resulting prototypes for reducing dementia care difficulties as well as its potential for deployment in the real-world environment.

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Authors: Amiribesheli, M. and Bouchachia, H.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/29789/

Pages: 1755-1782

DOI: 10.1007/s12652-017-0645-7

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