Accurate WiFi-Based Localization of Dementia Patients For Caregiver Support: Phase II

Purpose

The goal of this study is to fully evaluate the efficacy of the Activlink system by offering localization and wandering status of a dementia patient to improve caregiver quality of life. In particular, the study aims to:

  • Reduce the direct emotional and economic burden of continuous patient oversight.
  • Allow the caregiver remote localization.
  • Provide highly accurate localization and real-time alerts of high-risk movements during wandering or disorientation.
  • Provide a localization device that is discreet, non-invasive, and that requires less effort from the patient.
  • Give caregivers greater peace of mind and flexibility in their daily lives.

Procedures

Dementia participants

  • For the persons with mild and moderate dementia, you will complete cognitive screening. Additionally, you will wear a provided insole inserted into your own pair of shoes, and consent to be monitored.
  • Data from the insole will not be labeled with direct identifiers such as your name.
  • You will be randomly assigned to either have and wear the insole or not have the technology applied for a period of three months, followed by three months of the opposite condition.

Caregivers

  • Questionnaires related to your caregiver activities, caregiver burden, and quality of life.
  • These will be mailed on a weekly basis throughout the six-month span of the study

For questions about study procedures, please contact Pricilla Amofa:

Eligibility 

Persons with Dementia residing at Oak Hammock Senior Living Center

  • Resides in memory care or skilled nursing at Oak Hammock Senior Living Center
  • Moderate dementia (MMSE of 10-18)
  • Ambulatory (without or with cane, walker or wheelchair assist)
  • A legal proxy that can provide consent

Persons with Dementia residing in an independent living community 

  • Resides in an independent living setting in community.
  • Mild dementia (MMSE of 19-25)
  • Ambulatory (without or with cane, walker or wheelchair assist)
  • Has a legal proxy that can provide consent.

Care partners

  • Speaks English
  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Has at least three times per week direct contact with person with dementia (PWD)

For questions about eligibility criteria, please contact Pricilla Amofa:

Age

18 to 65
65 and over

Gender

Male
Female

Monetary compensation

Yes

Can be done from home

No

Keywords

Dementia, Dementia - daily care, Dementia - home care

Principal Investigator

Glenn Smith, PhD

Department

Neurology

Contact Information

amofap@ufl.edu

(352) 294-8674


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