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Dementia Patient’s Meal Monitoring Systems Using Weight and Temperature Sensors

Version 1 : Received: 27 February 2021 / Approved: 1 March 2021 / Online: 1 March 2021 (17:27:36 CET)

How to cite: Joo, J.; Hwang, H.; Jeon, Y.; Jung, J.; Hu, Y.; Park, S.M. Dementia Patient’s Meal Monitoring Systems Using Weight and Temperature Sensors. Preprints 2021, 2021030036 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0036.v1). Joo, J.; Hwang, H.; Jeon, Y.; Jung, J.; Hu, Y.; Park, S.M. Dementia Patient’s Meal Monitoring Systems Using Weight and Temperature Sensors. Preprints 2021, 2021030036 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0036.v1).

Abstract

: This paper presents a couple of meal monitoring systems for senile dementia patients by using electronic weight and temperature sensors. These monitoring systems enable to convey the information of the amount of meal taken by the patients in real-time via wireless communication networks onto the mobile phones of their families or nurses in charge. Thereby, the nurses can easily spot the most desperate patient to take care of while the families can have relief to see the crucial information for survival of their parents at least three times a day. Meanwhile, the senile dementia patients tend to suffer the burn of their tongues because they can hardly recognize the temperature of hot meals served and therefore avoid the burn of tongues. This phenomenon can be discarded by utilizing the meal temperature monitoring system which displays alarm to the patients when the meal temperature is above the reference. These meal monitoring systems can be easily implemented by utilizing low-cost sensor chips and Arduino UNO boards so that elder-care hospitals and nursing homes can afford to exploit them with no additional cost. Hence, we believe that the proposed monitoring systems would be a potential solution to provide a great help and relief not only for the professional nursing nurses working in elder-care hospitals and nursing homes, but also for the families of the dementia patients.

Keywords

Arduino; Bluetooth; load cell; monitoring system; temperature sensor; weight sensor

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