Funded by the EPSRC and TSB under their Assisted Living Innovation Platform, the NOCTURNAL project addresses the needs of people with the early stages of dementia at night, as well as those of their families and carers.
People with dementia often tend to get out of bed a lot of times during the night, and may become confused or disoriented as a result. Technology should be able to help reduce anxiety and improve quality of life in such situations.
The aim of this project is to provide new technological offerings which offer guidance and support to people at the early stages of dementia during the hours of darkness. Quotation:
“The project between Fold Housing Association and the University of Ulster is focusing on how the use of technology can enable discreet monitoring to detect risks at an early stage; encouraging and prompting the client to self manage within their own limitations.
Whilst employing complex algorithms at the back-end, it is evaluating therapeutic interventions such as the use of lighting guidance, simulated presence and verbal instruction, to assist those with dementia during the hours of darkness, enabling the client to remain in their own home safely.”
Read more: NOCTURNAL Project.