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A New Methodology for Use by a Single Caregiver to Bathe Bedridden Elderly Persons Using Advanced Mechatronic Systems

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MEtRICs Research Center, School of Engineering, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
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Mechanical Engineering Department, School of Engineering, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
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2Ai-EST-IPCA, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, 4750-810 Barcelos, Portugal
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ALGORITMI Research Centre, School of Engineering, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
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Industrial Electronics Department, School of Engineering, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
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ID+-ESD-IPCA, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, 4750-810 Barcelos, Portugal
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Healthcare 2019, 7(4), 124; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare7040124
Received: 7 August 2019 / Revised: 19 October 2019 / Accepted: 22 October 2019 / Published: 28 October 2019
In the framework of this paper, we aimed to propose a methodology for giving baths to elderly, bedridden persons, when this task is performed by a single caregiver. Usually, two caregivers are required for nursing a bedridden patient, especially when certain important tasks are needed (e.g., bathing the patient), but this is not always possible. The entire study considers the primary user’s perspective—the caregiver—who is responsible for a wide range of tasks; thus, suffering physical and psychological exhaustion over time. A physical prototype has been developed for allowing caregivers to perform tests in a life-like environment, by means of the device and the methodology. This technology, therefore, will represent an important contribution to the quality of life of caregivers. Considering an increase in the share of the elderly population and the related problems that arise in daily care, this project intends to be beneficial contemporarily. The presented methodology has been successfully tested and validated. View Full-Text
Keywords: caregiver; mechatronic assistive devices; bathing bedridden persons; methodology for bathing bedridden persons by a single caregiver caregiver; mechatronic assistive devices; bathing bedridden persons; methodology for bathing bedridden persons by a single caregiver
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Bezerra, K.; Machado, J.; Carvalho, V.; Soares, F.; Matos, D.; Castro, M.; Pereira, F.; Lopes, H. A New Methodology for Use by a Single Caregiver to Bathe Bedridden Elderly Persons Using Advanced Mechatronic Systems. Healthcare 2019, 7, 124.

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