Monitoring systems for private homes are devices and platforms that use robot technologies with sensors and external communication functions to monitor elderly and other people in private homes. The following are key considerations for developing such monitoring systems.
Monitoring systems for private homes should:
- Monitor multiple rooms at the same time.
- Be usable in bathrooms.
- Work in the dark.
- Not be solely dependent on care-receivers’ voluntary actions for help (e.g., pressing a button or calling out for help).
- Not require the care-receiver to carry or wear a device with him/her.
- Send an alarm to the caregivers when the care-receiver falls.
- Send information about the care-receiver to the caregivers after detecting changes in indicators that are set by the manufacturer to monitor the daily life pattern or health of the care-receiver.
- Have a potential to provide a platform to monitor dementia people with enhanced functions and additional devices and software.