Nursing homes around the globe are pulling out all the stops to provide the best possible care for residents with dementia. The WONDER project wants to use non-pharmaceutical interventions, like personal interaction and revisiting positive personal memories, to improve the quality of life of these nursing home residents. The project also aims to reduce the incidence of behavioural disturbances — such as aggression or wandering. For a robotic solution to provide such person-centric care, the key is to accurately interpret complex contextual information.

WHY XETAL kinsei

Seniors forget to wear wearables. They do not like them because they tell the world of their conditions. They do not feel they need monitoring at all. By removing the wearable need, Xetal kinsei eliminates what is the major obstacle to personalise care today.

Sensor-driven, context-aware and personalized robotics

The WONDER project investigates how behavioural disturbances can be identified automatically via kinsei sensors from Xetal, wearables and other context information sources. Using real-life data, algorithms will be developed to determine how the Zora robot should respond correctly — and even proactively — to the detected behaviour and how this robot should adapt its response to the nursing home resident in a personalized way.

Co-creation to ensure personalized intervention

Through co-creation sessions involving care staff, persons with dementia, family members and elderly organizations, WONDER not only aims to determine the most efficient personalized intervention approach. Co-creation is also crucial to ensure a broad acceptance of the service among all people involved in person-centric care.