A Health Monitoring and Evaluation System for Assessing Care Needs of Residents in Aged-Care Facilities

L.L. Chan, J. Zhang, M. Narayanan, B.G. Celler, and N.H. Lovell (Australia)

Keywords

Sensor network, functional assessment, aged-care, Zigbee, telehealth, ubiquitous network

Abstract

The design and implementation of a health monitoring and evaluation system based upon wireless technologies is described. The system is specifically targeted to providing a means of objectively classifying the care needs and requirements of residents in aged care facilities. The system architecture is designed for extensibility and provides a wide range of possible monitoring approaches from direct health monitoring by way of physiological measurement equipment, to unobtrusive monitoring of resident’s environments and their interactions to infer functional health status. The system architecture encompasses the abilities to collect multiple types of data from both static and mobile sensors, transfer such data over either a homogeneous or hybrid wireless network to a central server, and perform data fusion with computer based decision support to extract vital information about the health status of the person being monitored. The major benefits of such a system beyond the principal improvement in management of a resident’s disease and wellness, include its ubiquitous and unobtrusive nature and an elevated objectivity in performing functional health assessment.

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