JOURNAL OF NETWORKS (JNW)
ISSN : 1796-2056
Volume : 4    Issue : 2    Date : April 2009

An Empirical Study of an RFID Mat Sensor System in a Group Home
Motoki Miura, Sadanori Ito, Ryozo Takatsuka, Taro Sugihara, Susumu Kunifuji
Page(s): 133-139
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Abstract
We have been developing an RFID (radio frequency identification) mat system to assist caregivers
in a group home. In Japan, the number of group homes offering home-like care for elderly persons
suffering from dementia has increased considerably. Even though the smaller number of people
residing in a group home makes it suitable for family-like care, the scarcity of caregivers increases
the burden, especially during the night. To augment caregiver attention, we developed floor mats
with embedded RFID antennae and slippers with RFID tags. These can help caregivers be aware of
the activities of persons suffering from dementia by specifying whether an individual has passed
over a mat in a particular corridor. This not only helps the caregivers understand such persons by
reviewing their activities but also keeps them informed about their current activities. We introduced
the floor mats in a real group home and confirmed the feasibility of the system. In this study, we
describe the system and lessons learned from our experiment.

Index Terms
Ubiquitous home, Location awareness, Elderly persons care