Safe Beacon: A Bluetooth Based Solution to Monitor Egress of Dementia Sufferers within a Residential Setting

Joseph Rafferty, Jonathan Synnott, CD Nugent, Ian Cleland, Andrew Ennis, Philip Catherwood, Claire Orr, Andrea Selby, Gary McDonald, Gareth Morrison

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Abstract

The global population is ageing, as a consequence of this there will be a greater incidence of ageing related illnesses which cause cognitive impairment - such as Alzheimer’s disease. Within residential care homes, such cognitive impairment can lead to wandering of individuals beyond the boundaries of safety provided. This wandering, particularly in urban areas can be life threatening. This study introduces a novel solution to detect, and alert caregivers of, egress of at-risk inhabitants of a care home. This solution operates through a combination of wearable Bluetooth beacons and beam-formed listening devices. In an evaluation process involving 275 egress events, this solution proved to offer accurate operation with no incidence of false positives. Notably, this solution has been deployed within a real residential care home environment for over 12 months. Proposed future work discusses improvements to this solution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUCAmI 2018: Ubiquitious Computing and Ambient Intelligence
PublisherMDPI
Number of pages12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameMDPI Proceedings
PublisherMDPI
Number19
Volume2
ISSN (Electronic)2504-3900

Keywords

  • Ambient Assistive Living; Dementia; Egress Detection; Smart Home; Smart Environments; Ageing Care; Bluetooth Beacons
  • Dementia
  • Egress Detection
  • Smart Home
  • Smart Environments
  • Ageing Care
  • Bluetooth Beacons

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    Rafferty, J., Synnott, J., Nugent, CD., Cleland, I., Ennis, A., Catherwood, P., Orr, C., Selby, A., McDonald, G., & Morrison, G. (2018). Safe Beacon: A Bluetooth Based Solution to Monitor Egress of Dementia Sufferers within a Residential Setting. In UCAmI 2018: Ubiquitious Computing and Ambient Intelligence (MDPI Proceedings; Vol. 2, No. 19). MDPI. https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2191218