The Efficacy of Digital Smart Technology in Dementia Care Home

18 Oct 2018
DBE Theatre
Digital Built Environment

Dementia is a multi-facetted cognitive impairment affecting more than two-thirds of the population of care home residents in the UK which vary in quality care adopted to meet Dementia users needs (APA, 2007). Key features of dementia include several acquired cognitive impairments; I) memory loss, Aphasia (inability to speak) , ii)Apraxia (disorder of motor planning and clumsiness); iii) agnosia (inability to recognise shapes, objects and individuals) and iv) executive dysfunction including planning, sequencing, monitoring and decision. These are crippling for many Alzheimer' specific Dementia sufferers given the processing complexities involved. This project seeks to address two key question: i) how can digital health technology be made more personalized /user-focused to daily individual needs, activities and requirements- both indoor and in the wider built environment. And how can individual's changes like preferences, needs and mood states be identified, observed and recorded through digital health Technology. For instance to collect bio-signals and physiological data which helps detect behavioural changes as well being such as interaction fluctuations in the home's integrated devices or appliances. The key outcome is to aid healthcare, clinician and built environment professionals to develop evidence-based and accessible patient-centered design based on Smart Sensors Technology


Ghasson Shabha School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Mohammad Mayouf, Lecturer in the Built Environment - Birmingham City University




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