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Method for apparatuses to assist in caring for elders and people with cognitive degeneration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000126122D
Publication Date: 2005-Jul-01
Document File: 6 page(s) / 132K

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Abstract

The disclosed method is apparatuses to assist in caring for elders and people with cognitive degeneration. Benefits include improved functionality.

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Method for apparatuses to assist in caring for elders and people with cognitive degeneration

The disclosed method is apparatuses to assist in caring for elders and people with cognitive degeneration. Benefits include improved functionality.

Background

              Studies of people with cognitive decline indicate that the rehearsal of names and associated faces of family members and associates contributes to the slowing of memory decay.

              Elders with a variety of health issues need to accurately track toilet usage. For example, a person’s ability to use the toilet is reported by assisted living facilities as part of an extensive quarterly report of general health. Similarly, family caregivers may need to track the frequency of toilet use to assist in detecting and avoiding dehydration or incontinence.

              Conventionally, proximity readers can be used to detect the location of the elder. However, they typically require the installation of multiple wires, which may not be feasible in a home. Additionally, they do not provide co presence information, such as another person’s identity.

              Motion sensing, manual recording by the user or their caregiver, and seat pressure sensors are the conventional solutions for recording toilet-use information. However, manual records are not reliable. Motion detectors only show the presences of a person in the room not whether they are using the toilet. Toilet seat pressure sensors detect whether the user has fallen off the toilet. These self-contained sensors do not record the time or type of toilet use.

              Complex biochemical-lab toilets have been described by the Japanese press. They are complex and are aimed at chemical analysis rather than at the practical problem of recording the fact that the toilet was used. 

General description

      The disclosed method includes a group of apparatuses to assist in caring for elders and people with cognitive degeneration. The devices use wireless communication to send data to a base station and PC. The devices include:

•             Badge for tracking the wearer’s location and aiding in their ability to rehearse the names of the various people wearing a similar device (see Figure 1)

•             Band form of the badge device (similar to a watch band, see Figure 2)

•             Toilet with a seat and lid sensors (see Figure 3)

 


Advantages

The disclosed method provides advantages, including:
•             Improved functionality due to tracking the badge or band wearer’s location and wirelessly sending the information to a base station and PC

•             Improved functionality due to aiding in the wearer’s ability to rehearse the names of the various people wearing a similar device

•             Improved functionality due to recording and automatically reporting toilet usage information

Detailed description

              The disclosed method use wireless communication to send data to a base station and PC from devices that assist in...