Who has never looked for their keys? Who has never forgotten a pan on the fire after a phone call?
Taken in isolation, these memory and attention deficits have harmless consequences. On the other hand, people suffering from cognitive deficits are confronted with it on a daily basis. People with traumatic brain injury (TBI), people with schizophrenia, people with intellectual disabilities, and people with Alzheimer's disease know how many such life-altering deficits can change.
Natural and professional caregivers, on the other hand, are continually faced with exhaustion in the face of the heaviness of the task and the scarcity of resources [1,2]. The home support network does not manage to meet needs. Also today, due to the lack of cognitive assistance and supervision systems, people with cognitive deficits too often have to leave their homes to live in an institution.
This is why, from the creation of DOMUS in 2002, we set ourselves the objective of having a concrete impact on the lives of people with cognitive deficits and their caregivers by helping to compensate for the loss of cognitive autonomy of people using technological solutions.
Over the years, the Laboratory has expanded its client base to include the elderly (with mild cognitive deficits, with self-neglect, frail, or simply in good health). Indeed, among people aged 65 and over in Quebec, home support remains by far the first choice. However, many of these people live alone (almost a quarter of them). This proportion increases with age. Social isolation brings well-documented negative consequences: depression, stress, functional decline, both physical and psychological. We believe that assistive technologies developed in the laboratory have the potential to complement home care services to be more effective, while supporting the person to be more independent.
For more information on our clientele, see the following additional links.
People with Alzheimer's disease
People with brain injury
People with schizophrenia
People with intellectual disabilities
 Gilmour, 2004
 Stockwell-Smith et al., 2010