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.

Klakegg Simon, Asare Kennedy Opoku, Berkel Niels van, Visuri Aku, Ferreira Eija, Hosio Simo, Goncalves Jorge, Huttunen Hanna‑Leena, Ferreira Denzil

Publication type:
A1 Journal article – refereed

Place of publication:

Data Analysis, elderly care, Sensors, system design

24 November 2020

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


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