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TitleSystem for assistance on bath of bedridden elderly people
Author(s)Bezerra, Karolina Celi Tavares
Machado, José
Carvalho, Vítor
Soares, Filomena
Silva, Bruno
Matos, Demétrio Ferreira
Leão, Celina Pinto
KeywordsAmbient assisted living
Bedridden elderly people
Bathing assistive mechatronic system
Safety devices
Issue date2015
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Abstract(s)From Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) perspective it is important to have information regarding the type of care needed by bedridden elderly people (BEP) living in their homes, in order to support independence, autonomy and maximize their quality of life. Some basic tasks as eating, taking a bath and the hygiene cares may be difficult to execute, regarding that almost always the main caregiver is the other element of the couple (husband or wife). Following this trend, the development of mechatronic devices is of upmost importance in creating solutions to facilitate these tasks. This paper presents the conceptual design of a mechatronic system especially devoted to the assistance during the bath of BEP. Issues as reducing the number of caregivers to only one to assist the bath and reducing the system's handling complexity (because most of the time it will be used by an aged person) are considered. Visits to rehabilitation centers and hospitals, and respective working meetings, are considered in the development of the proposed mechationic system.
TypeConference paper
AccessRestricted access (Author)
Appears in Collections:CAlg - Artigos em livros de atas/Papers in proceedings

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