Night-time wandering is a common and worrying habit for persons with dementia, and can put them at risk of injury, or even death, if they leave the home. It can also cause sleep disruptions for caregivers.
Motion, contact and bed sensors detects the sleeper’s movements and when they get out of bed. Analysis of the sensor’s data will determine night-time wandering patterns. If a person gets out of bed and starts to wander other technologies are activated – a night light turns on, a voice message encourages them to return to bed, or an alert is sent to the caregiver, if necessary.
We have developed this technology with the help and support of the Bruyere Research Institute in Ottawa Canada and are installed and operational in their living Sensors and Analytics for Monitoring Mobility and Memory (SAM3) lab.
We have jointly developed a smart pillbox solution in collaboration with the Engineering department at Carleton University with the aim of reducing sickness related to incorrect medication usage.