SAPA Technology

Home care for vulnerable older people: co-design and deployment of technology solutions in a living laboratory

Ninety-one percent of seniors want to live independently [Health Canada, 2012]. On the other hand, needs are growing while resources are insufficient to meet this demand for home care. New technologies are one of the potential solutions to optimize home care.

The SAPA Technology project aims to put in place technologies to support home care for people with a geriatric profile or with a loss of autonomy. At first, it aims to monitor the activities of people living alone, through the use of different types of sensors. Second, it aims to develop and make available technologies to support the realization of activities of daily living.

The technology installed as part of the SAPA Technology project makes it possible to track several activities in the house:

  • rest periods;
  • activities related to preparing and eating meals;
  • activities related to personal care and hygiene;
  • outings and periods of inactivity.

The use of different types of sensors (movement, contact, electrical and humidity) makes it possible to perform assessments of the routine of the person. No cameras or mics are used.

Technology is "invisible" in that it integrates with the person's surroundings. Also, no hole or damage is done at home because the equipment installed is wireless.

Members of the team

Principal investigators

Sylvain Giroux, Domus laboratory, Université de Sherbrooke

Nathalie Bier, Université de Montréal

Mélanie Couture, Centre de recherche en gérontologie sociale, CSSS Cavendish

Co-investigators

Hélène Pigot, Domus laboratory, Université de Sherbrooke

Patricia Belchior, Université McGill

Carolina Bottari, Université de Montréal

Kévin Bouchard, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Sébastien Gaboury, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Guy Paré, HEC Montréal

Research professionals

Hubert Kenfack-Ngankam, technology coordinator, Domus laboratory, Université de Sherbrooke

Catherine Laliberté, clinical coordinator, Domus laboratory, Université de Sherbrooke

Paul Guerlin, developer, Domus laboratory, Université de Sherbrooke

Yannick Drolet, developer, Domus laboratory, Université de Sherbrooke

Pierre-Yves Groussard, developer, Domus laboratory, Université de Sherbrooke

Maxime Parenteau, developer, Domus laboratory, Université de Sherbrooke

Aline Aboujaoudé, clinical research professional, Univerisité de Montréal

Postdoctoral fellow

Maxime Lussier, Université de Montréal

PhD student

Cédric Demongivert, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Intern

Mathieu Klingler, Domus laboratory, Université de Sherbrooke

Knowledge user

Programme SAPA, CIUSSS de Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

Collaborator

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Publications

Journal article
  1. M. Lussier, M. Couture, M. Moreau, C. Laliberté, S. Giroux, H. Pigot, S. Gaboury, K. Bouchard, P. Belchior, C. Bottari, G. Paré, C. Consel, N. Bier (2020). Integrating an Ambient Assisted Living monitoring system into clinical decision-making in home care: An embedded case study. Gerontechnology, 19(1), 77-92. DOI: 10.4017/gt.2020.19.1.008.00
  2. Stéphanie Pinard, Carolina Bottari, Catherine Laliberté, Hélène Pigot, Marisnel Olivares, Mélanie Couture, Sylvain Giroux & Nathalie Bier (2019): Design and usability evaluation of COOK, an assistive technology for meal preparation for persons with severe TBI, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2019.1696898
  3. Lussier, M., Couture, M., Moreau, M., Laliberté, C., Giroux, S., Pigot, H., Gaboury, S., Bouchard, K., Belchior, P., Bottari, C., Paré, G. Consel, C., & Bier, N. Integrating an Ambient Assisted Living monitoring system into clinical decision-making in home care: An embedded case study. Journal of gerontechnology. (accepted, to be published)
Conference paper
  1. Kenfack N. H., Pigot, H., Parenteau, M., Lussier, M., Aboujaoude, A., Laliberte, C., Couture, M., Bier, N., & Giroux, S. (2019, October). An IoT Architecture of Microservices for Ambient Assisted Living Environments to Promote Aging in Smart Cities. In International Conference On Smart Living and Public Health (pp. 154-167). Springer, Cham. (puplished 07 october 2019) DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-32785-9_14
Media
  1. Mon chez-moi sécuritaire. Émission Pensez plus tôt à plus tard de la chaîne télévisuelle MaTV. November 6th, 2019. See the capsule summary of the episode.
  2. Une aide à domicile à portée de main. Dossier "Marché des aînés". Les Affaires. 14 septembre 2019. Read the article
  3. Se maintenir à domicile grâce à la technologie. Cahier spécial "Vieillir heureux". Le Devoir. 25 mai 2019. Read the article