Building the Connected Home

Sensors & Tools

The connected home uses sensors to constantly monitor and gather health data on its inhabitants. This technology is being tested by experts to see if it can be used to build a profile of the patient’s lifestyle, habits, and journey into the later years of their life.

Innovative sensors to support seniors' health.

The connected home uses sensors to constantly monitor and gather health data on its inhabitants. This technology is being tested by experts to see if it can be used to build a profile of the patient’s lifestyle, habits, and journey into the later years of their life.

One of the challenges in treating dementia is identifying memory problems and changes in functioning early and monitoring them over time. Once dementia is identified, what is the best way to monitor the evolution? How can we measure the degree to which a person’s memory/cognitive ability is getting worse? It is vital to receive accurate answers to these questions if clinicians are to prescribe appropriate treatments to help people with dementia, and to monitor their effectiveness.

A team of investigators at Bruyère want to use home-based sensors to collect consistent, accurate data on a person with dementia’s day-to-day activities.

These sensors can:

-         Identify whether a person with dementia remembered to take their medication

-         Whether they have been eating regularly

-         Whether they are still using their computer

If leveraged appropriately, these sensors can change the way clinicians get their information about a person’s daily activity. This in turn will lead to earlier and better diagnosis, earlier and better treatment, and the ability to monitor the effects of the treatment in the comfort of the home.

This project is part of the Innovaging Network and is currently being tested in the Bruyère Smart Apartment.