A Wearable Lullaby
Beth Hallman, Soomok Lee & Si Jung Kim
Night-time confusion of dementia patients can worsen caregiver fatigue. A possible solution is a wearable device that would interact with the patient during the night so that the caregiver could sleep. A simulated presence (audio delivering recorded demands) can deliver commands, thus reducing confusion in the person with dementia and lessening caregiver burden. The first field study was successful that the patient did respond to a recording four times and lie back down after hearing the recording, without having a conversation with a person. The device installed on a dummy was demonstrated separately to current and former caregivers of dementia patients. Caregiver feedback on whether the device would improve their sleep quantity and quality is currently being evaluated.