Sensor Fusion and Analytics for Unbiased Measurement and Reporting of Performance to Improve the Quality of Life and Care of Older Austrtalians – To Support Recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aged Care & Safety

Project: Research

Project Details

Description

WHO defines Quality of Life as an individual's perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns. It is a broad ranging concept affected in a complex way by the person's physical health, psychological state, personal beliefs, social relationships and their relationship to salient features of their environment.

We understand that there are a multitude of factors which affects healthy aging for older Australians. The main factors are biological, cultural background and history, clinical, environment, behavioural, psychosocial, socioeconomic status and financial health, and operator performance.

The recently released, Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Standards final report, revealed the poor state of the Australian Aged Care Industry and the terrible care received by older Australians.

Layman's description

The Livius Care project aims to find a better solution through sensor fusion. Sensor fusion involves combining the data from multiple different types of sensors in the right way to provide more accurate, more reliable and simply, a better understanding of the context in which the data was gathered. It eliminates the limitations on insights gained from individual sensors and produces extremely rich, context aware data that can prove to be invaluable in providing the right insights to improve the Quality of Life of older Australians.

Key findings

Fall detection and prediction.
Enabling freedom of movement while maintaining safety and dignity.
Monitoring activity and motion to reduce pressure injuries.
Detecting physical assaults.

The voice of care providers, older Australians and their families will be a critical part in shaping the solution to meet their needs. The following will guide our process for each of the four use cases:

Searching and evaluating available technology around the world.
Validating the technology and lab testing.
Integration into the sensor fusion platform.
Infield testing across the 4 care types; in home care, independent living units, small household care and residential facilities
Evaluation of the solution on key stakeholders; care providers, older Australians and their families
Iteration of the solution as required based on feedback and evaluation.
StatusNot started
Effective start/end date1/07/2131/12/22