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Klakegg, S., Asare, K.O., van Berkel, N. et al. CARE: Context-awareness for elderly care. Health Technol. 11, 211–226 (2021).

CARE : context-awareness for elderly care

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Author: Klakegg, Simon1; Opoku Asare, Kennedy2; Berkel, Niels van3;
Organizations: 1Tellu IoT, Asker, Norway
2University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, 90570 Oulu, Finland
3Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K, 9220 Aalborg, Denmark
4The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010, Melbourne, Australia
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Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.8 MB)
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-03-29


We present CARE, a context-aware tool for nurses in nursing homes. The system utilises a sensors infrastructure to quantify the behaviour and wellbeing (e.g., activity, mood, social and nurse interactions) of elderly residents. The sensor data is offloaded, processed and analysed in the cloud, to generate daily and long-term summaries of residents’ health. These insights are then presented to nurses via an Android tablet application. We aim to create a tool that can assist nurses and increase their awareness to residents’ needs. We deployed CARE in a local nursing home for two months and evaluated the system through a post-hoc exploratory analysis and interviews with the nurses. The results indicate that CARE can reveal essential insights on the wellbeing of elderly residents and improve the care service. In the discussion, we reflect on our understanding and potential impact of future integrated technology in elderly care environments.

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Series: Health and technology
ISSN: 2190-7188
ISSN-E: 2190-7196
ISSN-L: 2190-7188
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Pages: 211 - 226
DOI: 10.1007/s12553-020-00512-8
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
316 Nursing
Funding: Open access funding provided by University of Oulu including Oulu University Hospital. This work is partially funded by the Academy of Finland (Grants 286386-CPDSS, 285459-iSCIENCE, 304925-CARE, 313224-STOP, 316253-SENSATE), and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (645706-GRAGE)
EU Grant Number: (645706) GRAGE - Grey and green in Europe: elderly living in urban areas
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 286386
Detailed Information: 286386 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
285459 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
304925 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
313224 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
316253 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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