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Better Future for Home-Cared Elderly Patients: A Prototype of Smart Clothing

Better Future for Home-Cared Elderly Patients: A Prototype of Smart Clothing
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Author(s): Ruwini Edirisinghe (RMIT University, Australia)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 12
Source title: Handbook of Research on Optimizing Healthcare Management Techniques
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Nilmini Wickramasinghe (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia & Epworth HealthCare, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1371-2.ch006

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Abstract

The need for innovative technologies that monitor and assist the independent living of elderly people in their homes is growing. The socio-economic benefits by utilizing such solutions are shared between many parties including the elderly people, support services and caregivers, and the medical system. This chapter proposes a wearable smart clothing-based monitoring system for home cared elderly patients. The development of the prototype smart cloth, which currently senses and alerts about body temperature, is discussed in this chapter. The proposed system is expected to provide a more dignified life for the elderly home cared patients by maintaining their independence and privacy while saving public and private money.

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