A LOW-COST CAMERA-BASED MONITORING SYSTEM FOR DEMENTIA CARE UNITS
A platform for posture and body language recognition in persons with dementia that send alerts to care providers when required. The platform will allow for capturing and recognizing the residents’ posture and body language, without breaching their privacy, to identify high-risk personal and interpersonal behaviours (e.g. agitation, fighting with other residents). Identified behaviours will be transmitted to care providers as alerts to help the patient get out of unsafe situations.
A MOBILE APPLICATION FOR TRAINING OF FAMILY CAREGIVERS CARING FOR SOMEONE WITH DEMENTIA
Caregiving for patient with dementia is a stressful responsibility. An app is developed in our lab to support the communication skills needed to interact with patient with dementia. No one has these skills before being confronted for the first time to the situation of caring after someone with dementia. The app is designed by caregivers for caregivers and will be available on Apple Store and Google Play after validation work. It is expected to reduce the caregiver burden and increase the quality of life of families who care for a beloved one with dementia.
VIRTUAL REALITY FOR SCREENING OF COGNITIVE FUNCTION IN PERSONS WITH DEMENTIA
Diagnosing people with dementia is currently based on patient self-reporting some symptoms and usually family members are more aware about the situation that the patients themselves. Current approach to finding diagnosis is based on face to face interviews to determine the level of dementia which orients to treatment and in some cases leads to patient institutionalization. This process could be supported by technology. Our Ambient Assisted Living Suite was cloned into a virtual reality environment where the patient can be virtually immersed into the Suite and perform home living activities. This approach will provide an objective evaluation of cognitive processes supporting the diagnosis such as memory loss or thinking and judgment that are greater than normal age-related changes. The tool is designed to support the clinical judgement and it is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis.
MULTIMODAL ROBOTIC PLATFORM
Multimodal robotic platform is a smart solution for upper limb rehabilitation. The platform uses a set of sensorized dexterous gloves in conjunction with virtual reality to train patients to conduct occupational tasks with assistive visuo-haptic feedback.