Innovative ‘smart’ sensing systems that will help dementia sufferers live independently at home could soon be available routinely, say researchers
The systems are designed to closely monitor people’s movements and actions around the home. As well as providing voice-prompts – that can potentially be tailored to use the voices of relatives – such as reminders to turn off a cooker, they can also directly switch lights or appliances on and off in order to eliminate potential dangers.
The systems, developed at the University of Bath and funded by the the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and have been piloted in care homes in London and the West Country for over a year. They are designed to be monitored remotely via computer by healthcare professionals.
Professor Roger Orpwood, the lead scientist behind the system, said: ‘The next step is to make sure the systems can be managed by non-technical local authority carers and healthcare staff.’
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