CONFIDENCE – Mobility Safeguarding Assistance Service for People with Dementia

The CONFIDENCE project aims at providing mobility and safeguarding assistance services to people suffer from mild to moderate forms of dementia. It intends to develop a novel community-enabled mobility safeguarding assistance service that combines “assistive technologies” with “personal help”.

To this purpose, a community consisting of family members, staff of home care agencies and/or trusted volunteers will be built up. They will use advanced ICT to work together in supporting patients with mild to moderate dementia. The mobile CONFIDENCE service is a “virtual companion” providing different levels of assistance that can be adapted, depending on the situational needs of the patient and the degree of orientation loss.

Forms of assistance

The mobile service is a “virtual companion” providing different levels of assistance that can be adapted, depending on the situational needs of the patient and the degree of orientation loss.

  • Virtual voice service (requesting assistance from care persons, who can locate the person in need on an electronic map and give them instructions on where to go)
  • Virtual video service (for a face-to-face conversation or for checking on the patient’s physical status or environment)
  • Location tracking service (provided the previous consent of the client, the person can be tracked on an electronic map during all his/her moves)
  • Mobile community service (allowing care persons to be mobile themselves while giving instructions to persons who have lost orientation)

Goal

The goal of CONFIDENCE is the development of a mobility safeguarding assistance service which combines personal assistance and current technologies. There are various forms of support that can be adapted to the particular situation of the user. A special feature of CONFIDENCE is the underlying service model. This service model allows relatives, professionals and trusted volunteers to take over care of patients suffering from dementia via the CONFIDENCE platform. Technology-based assistance can be provided via web and mobile applications.

AAL Award

CONFIDENCE was awarded the AAL Awards (both jury and public award) in 2014.
AAL – Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme: 2014 Best Project: AAL Award goes to CONFIDENCE