The first high-tech smart care home in North America for patients with dementia and Alzhemier's being built in Hamilton t

The first high-tech smart care home in North America for patients with dementia and Alzhemier's being built in Hamilton  t

Hamilton will be a high-tech home to 48 residents of dementia and Alzheimer's in his first person in North America who says the engineer developed the concept of a model of care in the Netherlands.

Nafia Al-Mutawaly, a former professor of engineering at McMaster University, designed the project, which is being built by a private group of investors.

Al-Mutawaly said the $ 16 million long-term care facility is based on Alzheimer's village from the Netherlands called Hogeweyk, “in terms of memory care” and “quality of life.”

The idea, he said, is to treat residents as guests or family members and help them to live as normal as possible.

“We took the Dutch model and put a vertical concept (all living units are in one building), and we introduced smart sensors and AI technology to learn more about dementia and deal with it.” T

The official lead for the town, Ressam Gardens, is on Thursday, 13 June, and the opening is planned for December 2020.

Al-Mutawaly said that making this facility unique is that it will use artificial intelligence (AI) and smart technology to help care for the residents and to research Alzheimer's care and dementia care. as well as new technologies to improve care.

A GPS-type system, for example, will always track residents, both inside and outside, to help staff find residents and find them quickly if they are missing, he said.

“This will allow for safety and emergency measures, so that staff are immediately informed if one of the residents enters another room. This monitoring system will prevent. ”

The four-storey building, managed by Extendicare, will house three residential units with residential homes throughout Canada.

The first floor is reserved for the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University engineering researchers.

“The main role is to be commercial,” said Al-Mutawaly.

“We want to create the concept (this kind of care),” he said. “It is intended to be a prototype of future facilities, where we can learn all the advantages and disadvantages of new developments.

This is the first place in North America for this kind of residence, he said.

Lotfi Belkhir, an associate professor of engineering involved in his research, said that Ressam Gardens' key is to become a “living laboratory” to develop and test technology that caters for people with dementia.

It will be an AI-powered facility in that it will use sensors – even in furniture – and technology to develop smart solutions, he said.

“You must make the test data (from the real-life subjects) to develop the technology in the first place … (and) to guide the development 'to make it applicable to real life. “So much can be done to improve patients' wellbeing or delay dementia,” he said. “It's really exciting.”

All residents must be part of the research, said Al-Mutawaly.

Each residential floor will have a kitchen, two living rooms and 10 to 12 people, so the locals will feel that they are still at home. ”

Ressam Gardens is one private facility for people to apply for directly. They do not need to apply through the local LHIN, the health agency that regulates placement in long-term care homes, said Al-Mutawaly.

He hopes that the fee will be $ 5,000 to $ 6,000 a month. ($ 60,000 to $ 72,000 a year), which is higher than usual.

Ressam Gardens is close to Al-Mutawaly, who lost his mother, Rasmerauh Sadik, two years ago with Alzheimer's. She had suffered from the disease for five years and Al-Mutawaly and her wife were caring for her.

“The spirit of everything you see here is,” he said.

In fact, Ressam Gardens is named after him. Ressam was her childhood nickname.

“No matter how you describe the disease, it is different when you live,” said Al-Mutawaly about Alzheimer's.

It is only one that you truly know is that it is evil and how it leaves one cannot do everything, he said.

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