The Living Lab
People with dementia are highly sensitive to indoor environmental factors such as air quality and humidity. These factors can exacerbate behavioural issues, adding additional strain on caregivers. Santé Partners is actively seeking ways to support residents, families, and staff by optimizing the living environment so that these problems can be reduced or prevented.
The goal of the research is to develop an integrated approach for improving the living standard in nursing homes.
The research is was conducted using a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods such as an analysis of sensor data from the nursing home, a qualitative data collection and analysis of residents with dementia from nursing homes, diary notes from nurses, and interviews.
The outcome so far
The project offers and validates a preliminary method for collecting data from seniors with dementia. Some problematic behaviours, such as wandering, were identified through both sensor data and diary notes. By using non-intrusive monitoring technologies, caregivers gain timely insight into living conditions and can provide care when necessary.
It was also found that residents were sometimes exposed to low humidity and high CO2 concentrations, requiring an intervention to improve their living standards. These problems were found to be a result of centrally controlling the mechanical ventilation and floor heating. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we were unable to collect data on the subjective experience of seniors regarding comfort and preferences. The information used may not accurately reflect their experience and feelings.