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Health-Assistive Smart Home Technology for Independently-Dwelling Older Adults

Friday, 12 July 2019

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School of Nursing and Midwifery Lecturers Dr Dana Dermody and Helena Halton together with Dr Naeem Janjuia and Dr Shams Islam from the ECU School of Science were successful in securing an Industry Collaboration Grant for the project ‘Implementation of Health-Assistive Smart Home Technology in Independently-Dwelling Older Adults.’ The study was awarded $10,000 from Bethanie, a leading aged care provider in Western Australia, and $10,000 from ECU.

The main goal in phase one of the study is to use algorithms and unobtrusive sensors to capture several activities of daily living including eating, cooking, washing dishes, relaxing, taking medications, sleeping, sleeping location (if out of bed), leaving/entering the home, toileting, dressing, personal hygiene, working around the house, and exercising.

The project aims to determine the relationship between the recognition of changes in activities of daily living and changes in health state, with the application of this proposed smart home technology to be commercialised and translated into the health sector in Australia.

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