A major challenge in the care of people with dementia at home is dealing with agitation. This means that people are often restless, irritable, have an increased urge to move or are even aggressive. In home-based care arrangements, this behavior usually leads to major problems for the family carer and the whole situation can become unstable. It may result in the transition of the person with dementia to a care facility. To cope with these challenges, the family carer needs specific information and support.
The aim of eDEM-CONNECT is to develop a chatbot-based communication and service platform for dealing with agitation and promoting stability in home-based care arrangements together with family carers. With the help of a chatbot, the platform is intended to capture the individual situation of the families and to provide background knowledge, possible ways of dealing with agitation and service by of artificial intelligence.
The interdisciplinary project team consists of Witten/Herdecke University (project coordination), the Rostock University (Chair of Mobile Multimedia Information Systems), the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg (Institute for Nursing Research, Gerontology and Ethics) as well as the Fraunhofer ISST Dortmund, Ergosign GmbH and YOUSE GmbH.
The task of the DZNE Witten is to provide the domain knowledge to promote stability. For this purpose, a literature research and analysis of selected aspects of stability of home-based care arrangements and agitation is conducted in a close cooperation with the Witten/Herdecke University and the Rostock University. The basis for this research is the SoCA-theory developed at the DZNE Witten and the associated conceptual model (SoCA). This knowledge will be made available to the project partners in order to further advance the technical development. Furthermore, this knowledge is checked and adapted in iterative cycles together with family carers. Furthermore, it is the task of the DZNE Witten to provide support services for a test region adapted to the individual situation of the families.