New support tool to caregivers

October 1, 2015 at 11:48 am by

Researchers at the Computer Vision Centre (CVC), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), together with the company ACCEPLAN have created an intelligent monitoring system aimed at people who care for a person depending on them. It is a technology based on computer vision and artificial intelligence that captures images of the dependent person though maintaining the anonymity. It visually analyzes the situation and the position of the subject and, if perceive a risk, automatically enables the device to immediately notify the caregiver through a mobile application.

The system, “Care Respite”, aims to improve the quality of life of caregivers by giving them support in their task. According to the Statistical Institute of Catalonia and the last National Health Survey of Spain, there are 1,361,000 people over 65 in Catalonia, 46% of which have some form of dependency and need help with personal care, housework or mobility. “This assistance usually performed by their relatives, which spend between 6 and 8 hours or even more to their care, that represents to them a great physical and emotional burden, which affects their health. So, by Using Care Respite caregivers can provide better care and, at the same time, improve their own quality of life, “explains Sergio Escalera, the project leader.

Care Respite consists of a camera capable of capturing images day and night and microphones and speakers that capture the sound of the room, so that the dependent person can communicate with the caregiver simply speaking, without using any other device. A mobile application connected to the system allows the caregiver to customize, receive alarms and visualize the behavior of the dependent person. The application generates warnings when dangerous situations are detected, such as falls or actions outside the normal, and if the system is inoperative due to lack of internet connection or electricity.


The newspaper La Vanguardia and the webpage Noticiasdelaciencia talk about the project