An Ambient Assisted Living Technology Platform for Informal Carers of the Elderly
Family care is the most accepted and preferred care setting for both long-term care patients and their relatives. However, many of these caregivers are elderly people themselves, and often reach the point where they also need support. Care poses a substantial burden, so often it is not the health of the patient but the overload of stress for the caregiver that results in the need for much more expensive professional care and even residential care. An ambient assisted living technology platform is developed to support both older adults and their carers to overcome the challenges of the care. The platform offers informal carers support by means of monitoring Activities of Daily Care as well as their psychological state, and will provide orientation to help them improve the care given. Monitored information will be registered by means of home-installed and personal sensor technologies based on Internet of Things (IoT), which will be as unobtrusive as possible for the house inhabitants.
KeywordsHealth care Ambient Assisted Living Ambient Intelligence Elderly Dementia Assistive technology Sensors Internet of Things
The iCarer project has received funding and support through Innovate UK and the Active and Assisted Living (AAL) joint European programme under the Grant number AAL-2012-5-239 (iCarer) [http://icarer-project.eu/].
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