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Enabling remote care

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000223799D
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

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Abstract

Use VNC, video conferencing, and automation to provide care remotely for people, such as Alzheimer's patients, who are unable to use a computer, where help in person is not available.

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Enabling remote care

An individual has Alzheimer's disease. They are in their 80s, live alone, and have never used a computer. They now struggle to perform tasks such as changing TV channels. Their only surviving son lives 100 miles away. Carers visit three times a day; neighbours, friends and family also visit. In between times , the individual is on their own, confused and bored. Their short-term memory has deteriorated, and they can forget the day of the week within minutes of being told it. They have little idea of dates and times.

    They require stimulation to maintain their cognitive abilities, and reminders and reassurance about the day's tasks.

    Constant company is not possible, because they are independent and strongly wish to continue living in their own home. A technological solution is required to enable remote caring that enhances her quality of life, and helps to dispel the confusion.

    The solution must take account of their disability, enabling them to use the technology with little or no input.

    A plug computer installed at the individuals house, and connected to the internet. The computer is small and unobtrusive, runs Linux, and a Virtual Network Computing (VNC) server. A USB touch screen is connected to it. The computer has a very low power consumption, which means that it can be left on all the time.

VNC is used to enable direct communications, as follows.


1. The son connects to their parent's computer over VNC, and initiates a video call to himse...